Know Your Standards Week, 1-5 June 2015

Know Your Standards Week is a week of activities held throughout NSW public libraries aiming to raise awareness about alcohol and standard drinks.

Sutherland Shire Libraries are proud to support Know Your Standards Week by hosting displays providing a range of free information to the community on standard drinks. Displays will include Standard Drinks pocket guides and pens, various pamphlets and other material. Cronulla, Engadine, Menai and Sutherland Library displays will run from from Monday 1 - Saturday 6 June. Stocks of free material are limited so get in early!

So, how much do you really know about standard drinks? Alcohol concentration varies considerably with the type of drink. In Australia, beer contains 0.9 to 6% alcohol, wine 12 to 14%, fortified wines such as sherry and port around 18 to 20%, and spirits such as scotch, rum, bourbon and vodka 40 to 50%.  

Why not test yourself with this short quiz:

How many grams of alcohol are there in a standard drink?
  • 8
  • 10
  • 15

What is a standard drink?
  • The glass sizes they serve at the pub
  • 30ml nip of spirits, 100ml of wine, a middy of full-strength beer
  • A glass of wine, a bottle of beer, a nip of spirits

How long does it take the body to process or break down one standard drink?
  • Half an hour
  • One hour
  • Depends on the drink

To check how many standard drinks are in an alcoholic drink in a bottle or a can:
  • Check the label
  • Look under the bottle top or ring-pull
  • The number of standard drinks isn't on the label in Australia

According to the Australian Alcohol Guidelines, what's the maximum number of standard drinks a healthy adult should have in a day?
  • No more than three
  • No more than two on average and no more than four on any one day
  • One a day, but you can save them up for the weekend

(Answers: 10g / A 30ml nip of spirits, 100ml of wine, a middy (285ml) of full-strength beer / One hour although there is considerable variation between individuals / In Australia, all bottles, cans and casks containing alcoholic beverages are required by law to state on the label the approximate number of standard drinks they contain / To reduce the risk of alcohol-related problems over a lifetime a healthy adult should drink no more than two standard drinks a day.) Quiz courtesy of the State Library of NSW.

For additional information on alcohol and other drugs, visit Sutherland Library's drug info @ your library collection for a range of quality pamphlets.