The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol talks about standard drinks, but every bottle of alcohol comes in a different shape and size, so how do you know how much you’re drinking?
What is a standard drink?In Australia, one standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol, regardless of the volume and type of drink. By law, the number of standard drinks and percentage of alcohol per 100ml must be noted on the bottle label. Counting of the number of drinks you have is a good way of keeping track of how much you have consumed. It’s important to know what a standard drink is, and how many standard drinks are in each bottle of alcohol.
Information in this section has been adapted from the following sources:
- Department of Health, 2012, The Australian standard drink, Australian Government, Department of Health, Canberra. Available from: http://www.alcohol.gov.au/internet/alcohol/publishing.nsf/Content/standard
- International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, 2015, Beverage alcohol labelling requirements by country, IARD.