2 easy ways to know how much alcohol you are drinking

7th June 2017 •   posted in

We talk about alcohol in standard drinks. So what is a standard drink? It’s a drink which contains 10 grams of alcohol. The two things you need to know to work out how much alcohol you are drinking is:

  1. The alcohol content of the drink; and
  2. The volume of the drink.

An easy way of knowing how much you are drinking is by checking on the side of package you’ll see a symbol with a number in it – that tells you how many standard drinks are in the entire bottle or container.

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An average stubby of full strength beer contains 4.8% of alcohol which translates to 1.4 standard drinks while an average glass of wine is about 12% alcohol so a small 100mL glass of wine will give you 1 standard drink. Most shots and spirits are 30mL and give you 1 standard drink. Cocktails are a tasty concoction of several types of alcohol and other ingredients and may contain 1, 2, 3 or more standard drinks.

Remember the Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol ? The guidelines recommend drinking no more than 2 standard drinks on any day to reduce lifetime risk of harm and no more than four standard drinks on any single occasion to reduce the risk of alcohol related injury. So if you decide you are going to drink, know your limit and plan ahead what you will do when you reach your limit.


See below for a full list of the alcohol content of drinks:
Number of standard drinks – beer
Full strength 4.8% alc. vol
285 ml glass – 1.1 standard drinks
375 ml bottle or can – 1.4 standard drinks
425 ml glass – 1.6 standard drinks
24 x 375 ml case – 34 standard drinks

Mid strength 3.5% alc. vol
285 ml glass – 0.8 standard drinks
375 ml bottle or can – 1 standard drink
425 ml glass – 1.2 standard drinks
24 x 375 ml case – 24 standard drinks

Low strength 2.7% alc. vol
285 ml glass – 0.6 standard drinks
375 ml bottle or can – 0.8 standard drinks
425 ml glass – 0.9 standard drinks
24 x 375 ml case – 19 standard drinks

Number of standard drinks – wine
Red wine 13% alc. vol
100 ml standard serve – 1 standard drink
150 ml average restaurant serving – 1.5 standard drinks
750 ml bottle – 7.7 standard drinks
2 litre cask – 21 standard drinks
4 litre cask – 41 standard drinks

White wine 11.5% alc. vol
100 ml standard serve – 0.9 standard drink
150 ml average restaurant serving – 1.4 standard drinks
750 ml bottle – 6.8 standard drinks
2 litre cask – 18 standard drinks
4 litre cask – 36 standard drinks
Champagne 12% alc. vol
150 ml average restaurant serving – 1.4 standard drinks
750 ml bottle – 7.1 standard drinks

Port 17.5% alc. vol
60ml standard serve – 0.8 standard drinks
2 litre cask – 28 standard drinks

Number of standard drinks – spirits
High strength 40% alc. vol
30 ml nip – 1 standard drink
700 ml bottle – 22 standard drinks

Full strength ready-to-drink 5% alc. vol
275 ml bottle = 1.1 standard drinks
330ml bottle – 1.2 standard drinks
660 ml bottle – 2.6 standard drinks

High strength ready-to-drink 7% alc. vol
275 ml bottle – 1.5 standard drinks
330 ml bottle – 1.8 standard drinks
660 ml bottle – 3.6 standard drinks

Full strength pre-mix spirits 5% alc. vol
250 ml can – 1 standard drink
300 ml can – 1.2 standard drinks
375 ml can – 1.5 standard drinks
440 ml can – 1.7 standard drinks

High strength pre-mix spirits 7% – 10% alc. vol
250 ml can – 1.4 – 1.9 standard drinks

High strength pre-mix spirits 7% alc. vol
300 ml can – 1.6 standard drinks
375 ml can – 2.1 standard drinks
440 ml can – 2.4 standard drinks.