What is a standard drink?
A standard drink is a unit of measurement. In Australia, a standard drink refers to any drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol. A standard drink contains the same amount of alcohol regardless of container size, alcohol type, or volume of liquid.
Further information about standard drinks is available from the Australian Government Department of Health.
The table below details the number of standard drinks contained in different types of alcohol beverages.
|Alcohol Beverage||Standard Drinks|
|Can/Stubbie low-strength beer||0.8 standard drink|
|Can/Stubbie mid-strength beer||1 standard drink|
|Can/Stubbie full-strength beer||1.4 standard drinks|
|100ml wine (approx. 13.5% alcohol)||1 standard drink|
|30ml nip spirits||1 standard drink|
|Can spirits (approx. 5% alcohol)||1 to 1.7 standard drinks|
|Can spirits (approx. 7% alcohol)||1.4 to 2.4 standard drinks|
Source: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (2009). Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.
Standard Drink: A drink that contains 10 grams (or 12.5 millilitres) of alcohol.