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Serving Standard Drinks

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On a night out, or even at home, it can be tricky to keep track of how much alcohol you’re consuming. While we’re encouraged to count the number of drinks we’ve consumed across a night, this number can sometimes be misleading:

  • Glass sizes are not the same in different places
  • Different types of drinks contain different amounts of alcohol
  • Sometimes drinks are mixed with unknown quantities of alcohol, such as in cocktails and alcoholic punches
  • Sometimes jugs and casks are shared
  • Glasses may be ‘topped up’ before they are empty.


Local sporting clubs have an important role to play to ensure members and guests have a better grasp of their drinking levels. It’s as easy as putting in place a number of strategies that support ‘standard drink’ sizes.*


  1. Serve the correct drink sizes

Help bar staff to pour the correct standard drink sizes at club events by taking 10 minutes before guests arrive to demonstrate the right portions of each drink type.

It will also help if the club supplies glassware that includes the correct standard drink line to pour to. Make sure that the line indicates the Australian sizing.


  1. Avoid events with table-service

Table-service will often mean that guests’ drinks are topped up before they’re empty; sometimes bottles of alcohol will be provided to guests to pour themselves. This makes it very hard for guests to keep track of their alcohol intake.


  1. Consider the way you sell and promote mixed drinks

Some cocktails can contain as many as five or six standard drinks. This can be deceiving for those consuming cocktails, especially as the taste of mixed drinks often mean they are ‘easier’ to drink.

Avoid selling cocktails that contain more than one standard drink per serve and consider the way you promote your cocktail menu.


* A ‘standard drink’ is a standard measure of the amount of alcohol that is being drunk. An Australian standard drink contains 10g of alcohol (12.5ml of pure alcohol). All alcohol packaging in Australia will identify the number of standard drinks contained.

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