Healthy living

What is a standard drink?

  • One drink is not always one standard drink. Most alcoholic drinks are not sold in containers that equate to one standard drink.
  • A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol.
  • Cocktails and mixed drinks can make it difficult to calculate the amount of alcohol they contain.

A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol. This is equal to:

  • 285 mL of full strength beer
  • 425 mL of low strength beer
  • 100 mL of wine (red and white)
  • 30 mL of spirits
  • 275 mL bottle of ready-to-drink beverage (5 per cent alcohol content).

For more information read the standards drinks guide from the Australian Department of Health (external site).

The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (external site) provides information on the risks associated with alcohol use.

Where to get help

  • Call one of the Alcohol and Drug Support Line 24 hour support lines (external site) – providing confidential counselling, information, advice and referral
  • For emergency or life-threatening conditions, visit an emergency department or dial triple zero (000) to call an ambulance – police are not called unless a death has occurred or ambulance officers are threatened
  • See your doctor
  • Visit healthdirect (external site) or call 1800 022 222

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Mental Health Commission

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