Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks From Drinking Alcohol

The Australian Alcohol Guidelines (2009) recommend:

  • if you drink regularly, drink no more than two standard drinks each day
  • on a single occasion, drink no more than four standard drinks
  • young people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol
  • the safest option for a pregnant or breastfeeding mother is not to drink alcohol.

Australian Standard Drinks

The amount of alcohol in a can, bottle or glass of an alcoholic drink is often expressed in terms of a standard drink. A standard drink in Australia contains 10g of alcohol.

It is important to remember that alcohol is not always served as a standard drink. Pre-mixed spirits and free poured drinks often contain more than one standard drink.

For further information in relation to alcohol guidelines and the Australian standard drink, please visit the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council at