Standard drink

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

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.

Further information

For more information on alcohol use in Ireland, consult the HSE website.