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February 14, 2017

What is a standard drink?

It can be difficult to keep track of how much alcohol you are consuming. Different types of drinks contain different amounts of alcohol.

A drink is often much more than a ‘standard drink’. An Australian standard drink contains 10g of alcohol (12.5ml of pure alcohol). You can count the number of standard drinks you are consuming to keep track of how much you are drinking.

Standard drink infographic

 

Why it’s difficult to keep track of how much you’re drinking

  • Glass sizes are not the same in different places
  • Different types of drinks contain different amounts of pure alcohol
  • Sometimes drinks are mixed with unknown quantities of alcohol, such as in cocktails and alcoholic punches
  • Sometimes jugs and casks are shared
  • Glasses may be ‘topped up’ before they are empty.

Some of these problems can be overcome by using a standard measure of the amount of alcohol that is being drunk, called a ‘standard drink’.