What's a standard drink?

Alcohol iconIn Australia one standard drink is any containing 10 grams of alcohol.

All bottles, cans and casks of alcohol packaged for sale are required by law to state on the label the approximate number of standard drinks contained.

It can be hard to estimate standard drinks in real-life situations because:

  • glass sizes vary
  • people share drinks (e.g. jugs, casks or bottles of alcohol)
  • glasses are topped up by other people
  • the composition of mixed drinks is unknown (cocktails or punch).

Light beer (2.7% alcohol)

Container Amount Standard drinks
1 middy or pot 285ml 0.5 standard drinks
1 can or stubbie 375ml 0.8 standard drinks

Mid beer (3.5% alcohol)

Container Amount Standard drinks
1 middy or pot 285ml 0.7 standard drinks
1 can or stubbie 375ml 1 standard drink

Regular beer (4.5% alcohol)

Container Amount Standard drinks
1 middy or pot 285ml 1.1 standard drinks
1 can or stubbie 375ml 1.4 standard drinks

Wine (9.5% to 13% alcohol)

Container Amount Standard drinks
1 standard serve 100ml 1 standard drink
1 average serve 150ml 1.6 standard drinks
1 bottle
750ml
7 to 8 standard drinks

Spirits (40% alcohol)

Container Amount Standard drinks
1 nip 30ml 1 standard drink
1 bottle 700ml 22 standard drinks

Pre-mixed drinks (5% alcohol)

Container Amount Standard drinks
1 can or bottle 375ml 1.5 standard drinks

 


Note: Some cocktails contain more than 3 standard drinks. Source: NHMRC, 2009 

 

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