Standard drinks guide

Standard drinks are a way to keep track of how much alcohol you're really drinking. To find out how many standard drinks you're having, check your drink label. You can also use our handy guide, try a standard drinks calculator or ask staff.

What are standard drinks?

Standard drinks are a way to measure how much alcohol you drink.

Drinks come in different sizes and some are stronger than others. They have different amounts of alcohol in them.

A standard drink is always equal to 10 g of pure alcohol.

How many standard drinks are you having?

Find out the approximate number of standard drinks in different serves of alcohol.


Small glass of beer

Large glass of beer

Bottles and cans of beer

Case of beer


Red wine and port

White wine



Straight spirits

Ready to drink spirits

Pre-mixed spirits

Why count standard drinks?

Counting standard drinks can help you to drink as safely as possible.

You can compare your drinking against the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol, which are based on standard drinks.

Other ways to check standard drinks

  • Read your drink label — all containers of alcohol in Australia must show the number of standard drinks they contain
  • Use an online calculator — there are a few available, including the Drinks Calculator and the Standard Drink Calculator
  • Ask the bar or restaurant staff — they can usually tell you about the drinks they serve.

Be careful if you’re drinking home brew or any other alcohol that isn’t labelled. If you don’t know the concentration of alcohol, you won’t be able to work out the number of standard drinks you're having.

Last updated: 
8 December 2020

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