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Standard drinks guide

What are standard drinks?

Standard drinks are a way to measure how much alcohol you drink.

Drinks come in different sizes and some are stronger than others. They have different amounts of alcohol in them.

A standard drink is always equal to 10g of alcohol.

How many standard drinks are you having?

Find out the approximate number of standard drinks in different serves of alcohol.

Beer

Small glass of beer

Large glass of beer

Bottles and cans of beer

Case of beer

Wine

Red wine and port

White wine

Champagne

Spirits

Straight spirits

Ready to drink spirits

Pre-mixed spirits

Why count standard drinks?

Counting standard drinks can help you to drink as safely as possible.

You can compare your drinking against the Australian guidelines to reduce health risk, which are based on standard drinks.

Other ways to check standard drinks

  • Read your drink label — all containers of alcohol in Australia must show the number of standard drinks they contain
  • Use an online calculator — there are a few available, including the Drinks Calculator and the Standard Drink Calculator
  • Ask the bar or restaurant staff — they can usually tell you about the drinks they serve

Be careful if you’re drinking home brew or any other alcohol that isn’t labelled. If you don’t know the concentration of alcohol, you won’t be able to work out the number of standard drinks you're having.

Last updated: 
26 February 2019
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