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What is a standard drink?

When is a drink not a drink? When the alcohol content in your glass is above the Australian standard, meaning one glass is equal to more than one standard drink.  Here’s how to make sure you are counting the numbers that matter.

Since COVID-19 first entered our lives, some of us started drinking a little bit more. In Australia, a standard drink is one that contains 10 grams of alcohol. Ideally, it’s best to drink no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than four on any one day. 

It’s also a good idea to have two alcohol-free days per week. And yes, we get it – it’s tricky keeping track of the numbers. Especially when every glass is a different size and every type of drink has a different alcohol content. 

Beer has a much lower alcohol content than the same amount of wine, for example. Many pre-mixed spirits such as a rum-and-cola have more alcohol than beer. And without the mixer, spirits soar on the alcohol content charts. 

Sorting out the number of drinks in a single glass of wine, beer or spirits doesn’t need to be like an episode of Mastermind. Check out this simple graphic to see how much really is in that drink you are drinking. 

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