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- Alcohol & You
Want to know if your drinking is okay? Or are you considering making some changes to your drinking but want to know more? Do you know exactly how big a standard drink is?
Play the online games in the section to find out. Find out all about your relationship with alcohol here...
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Check out this section for NZ legislation and local strategies and polices relating to alcohol.
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This is the research and resources section. This is where you can find alcohol statistics and researched topics.
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What's in a standard drink?
What is alcohol?
Alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol) is the ingredient found in beer, wine and spirits which causes drunkenness. Alcohol is formed when yeast ferments (breaks down without oxygen) the carbohydrates or sugars in different food e.g. wine is made from the sugar in grapes, beer from the sugar in malted barley (a type of grain), cider from the sugar in apples, vodka from the sugar in potatoes, beets or other plants.
The standard drinks measure is a simple way for you to work out how much alcohol you are drinking. It measures the amount of pure alcohol in a drink. One standard drink equals 10 grams of pure alcohol.
Have a look at the Guide to Standard Drinks. It shows you how many standard drinks there are in some common types of alcohol.
To work out the number of standard drinks in what you are drinking use this formula:
Amount of drink in litres (Vol) x Percent by volume of alcohol (%) x Density of ethanol at room temperature (0.789)
500ml of beer which is 5 percent alcohol by volume.
0.5 x 5 x 0.789 = 1.97 (approx 2 standard drinks)
If you want to print something out with this information on it, download The Straight Up Guide to Standard Drinks (pdf 463KB), which includes information about the number of standard drinks in different drinks.
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