In Ireland, a standard drink has about ten grams of pure alcohol in it.
Here are some examples of a standard drink.
- A pub measure of spirits (35.5ml)
- A small glass of wine (12.5% volume)
- A half pint of normal beer
- An alcopop (275ml bottle)
- A bottle of wine at 12.5% alcohol contains about seven standard drinks.
Low-risk drinking guidelines
According to the Health Service Executive, the low risk weekly guidelines for adults are:
- up to 11 standard drinks in a week for women
- up to 17 standard drinks in a week for men
Drinks should be spaced out over the week, with two to three alcohol free days per week.
Binge drinking is a term used to describe an occasion when we drink too much. It is when we have six or more standard drinks. Binge drinking is a form of harmful drinking that is likely to increase our risk of accidents, injuries, violence and poisoning.
Having more than five standard drinks at a time can seriously increase the harmful effects of drinking.
For more information on alcohol use in Ireland, consult the HSE website.