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What is a Standard Drink?

To understand how to monitor or reduce your weekly alcohol intake, it’s helpful to know what a standard drink actually is. A standard drink is considered to be 10 grams of alcohol. It is a measurement, in the same way that one kilometre is used to measure distance.  It is used for all types of alcohol, regardless of the volume of the alcohol or the type of alcohol.

For example:

  • A full strength (4.8%) bottle or can of beer (375ml) is 1.4 standard drinks.
  • A restaurant average glass of red wine (150ml) is 1.5 standard drinks.

Have a look at this link to see a visual guide to the amount of standard drinks in your favourite alcoholic drinks:

Check out the following article for further reading:


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