Know your standards: standard drinks guide

Know Your Standards is an alcohol awareness program delivered in public libraries in NSW. The aim of the program is to provide community members with information and resources to improve their knowledge and awareness of standard drinks and the Australian Alcohol Guidelines.

The awareness program in public libraries consists of:

  • print and online information resources
  • practical demonstrations of the differences in what constitutes a standard drink for commonly used alcoholic beverages
  • events and activities

Print resources include the Know Your Standards pocket guides and postcards. These resources feature illustrated standard drink measurements for light beer, full strength beer, red/white wine, champagne, spirits (shots and pre-mix) and cider (middy and bottle).

Standard drink quick facts

  • A standard drink is a unit of measurement. In the same way as one metre measures a particular distance travelled, one standard drink measures a particular amount of alcohol consumed (or poured).
  • Health experts define standard drink sizes to establish guidelines for alcohol use and work out safe drinking levels.
  • A standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol.
  • Alcoholic drinks which are purchased often contain more than one standard drink.
  • Labels on alcoholic beverages display the amount of standard drinks and alcohol content (%) each specific drink contains.
  • One Australian standard drink is equal to approximately:
    • 285 mL of full strength beer (4.6% alc. vol)
    • 425 mL of low strength beer (2.7% alc. vol)
    • 100 mL of wine (12% alc. vol)
    • 100 mL of champagne (12% alc. vol)
    • 30 mL of spirits (40% alc. vol)

Find more information about standard drinks and the Australian Alcohol Guidelines.