The Australian Alcohol Guidelines have been designed to give people an indication of the limits of alcohol consumption that are associated with an increasing risk to health and social well-being. The Guidelines are based on the Australian Standard Drink measure.
A standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol. However the size of a ‘standard’ drink can vary according to the type of alcohol. The size of a drink served in some hotels, restaurants or even at home may be much bigger than a ‘standard’ drink.
One standard drink equals:
285ml or approximately one middy of regular beer (4.9% alcohol content)
425ml or one schooner of light beer (2.7% alcohol content)
100 ml or one small glass of table wine (12% alcohol content)
30ml or one nip of spirits plus mixer (40% alcohol content).
Cocktails can contain as much alcohol as five or six standard drinks, depending on the recipe.
To minimise risks to your health, and to gain any longer-term benefits, try to follow these guidelines:
Men should drink no more than 4 standard drinks a day, on average and never more than 6 standard drinks in one day.
Women who are not pregnant should drink no more than 2 standard drinks a day, on average and never more than 4 standard drinks in one day.
Everyone should have 1 or 2 alcohol-free days every week.
· 9 years ago