Australian Government Department of Health
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Don't lose your standards

Wallet card for young people, outlining alcohol guideline 3B.

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Standard drinks

A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol, but the drinks you buy often contain more than one standard drink. There are no common glass sizes used in Australia.

The label on an alcoholic drink container tells you the number of standard drinks in the container.

Beer

285ml Glass of Full strength 4.8% alcohol volume - 1.1 Standard Drinks
425 ml Glass of Full strength 4.8% alcohol volume - 1.6 Standard Drinks
375ml Bottle of Full strength 4.8% alcohol volume - 1.4 Standard Drinks
375ml Can of 4.8% Full strength alcohol volume - 1.4 Standard Drinks

Wine

150 ml Glass of 12% alcohol volume - 1.4 Standard Drinks
150ml Glass of 13.5% alcohol volume - 1.6 Standard Drinks
150ml Glass of 11.5% alcohol volume - 1.4 Standard Drinks
750 ml Bottle of 13.5% alcohol volume - 8 Standard Drinks

Spirits

330 ml Bottle of pre-mix of 5% alcohol volume - 1.2 Standard Drinks
30 ml Glass-1 nip of 40% alcohol volume - 1 Standard Drink
375 ml Can of pre-mix of 5% alcohol volume - 1.5 Standard Drinks
300 ml Can of pre-mix of 7% alcohol volume - 1.6 Standard Drinks

Tips

You need to count your drinks even if you're not driving.
Most young people don't drink on a daily basis, yet often drink heavily once or twice a week which can damage your health.
It is possible to drink at a level which is less risky, while still having fun. There are a number of things you can do to make sure you stay within low risk levels and don't get to a stage where you are no longer capable of controlling your drinking.
How much you drink is your choice. Here's some tips to help you make informed choices and help keep your risk of alcohol-related accidents, injuries, diseases and death, low - both in the short and long term.
  • Set limits for yourself and stick to them
  • Start with non-alcoholic drinks and alternate with alcoholic drinks
  • Drink slowly
  • Keep an eye on your drink. Don't leave your drink unattended.
  • Try drinks with a lower alcohol content
  • Eat before or while you are drinking
  • If you participate in rounds of drinks try to include some non-alcoholic drinks
  • Plan safe transport home
The advice in this brochure does not replace advice from your health care provider.
For more information about the new Australian Guidelines to Reduce health Risks from Drinking Alcohol visit the Alcohol website

Contacts

If you or someone you know needs support and treatment to reduce your alcohol intake, you should contact:
  • Your doctor
  • Your local community health service
  • An alcohol or other drug helpline in your state/territory:
Australian Capital Territory 02 6207 9977
New South Wales Sydney 02 9361 8000 Country areas 1800 422 599
Northern Territory 08 8922 8399 Country areas 1800 131 350
Central Australia 08 8951 7580
Queensland 1800 177 833
South Australia 1300 131 340
Tasmania 1800 811 994
Victoria 1800 888 236
Western Australia 08 9442 5000 Country areas 1800 198 024