If you said 3 or 4 then each glass holds 2 or more standard drinks. Those glasses can get very large!
A standard drink is 10g of alcohol:
• A pint (425ml) of light beer
• 285ml* of regular beer
• A small glass (100ml) of wine
• A glass of fortified wine – port or sherry (60ml)
• A nip (30ml) of spirits or liqueurs
*A 285ml beer is a pot in Victoria, a middy in NSW, the ACT and WA, a schooner in SA and a handle in the NT. Confusing?
It can be hard to work out how many standard drinks you have actually had. An average stubby or can of beer contains 1.5 standard drinks, so a “six pack” actually contains 9 standard drinks! Drinks we pour at home can be much be larger than a standard drink.
The NHMRC recommend that we drink no more than 2 standard drinks per day and limit to no more than 4 standard drinks at any one time. There should also be 2 alcohol free days per week. The Cancer Council says that there is no safe level of intake and recommend that men have no more than 2 and women no more than 1 standard drink per day. Regular drinking can lead to alcohol dependence.