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 BeverageStandard Drinks
Can/Stubbie low-strength beer0.8 standard drink
Can/Stubbie mid-strength beer1 standard drink
Can/Stubbie full-strength beer1.4 standard drinks
100ml wine (approx. 13.5% alcohol)1 standard drink
30ml nip spirits1 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.