How many standard drinks are there in a glass of wine?
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
1999 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 99–101, March 1999
How to Cite
BANWELL, C. (1999), How many standard drinks are there in a glass of wine?. Drug and Alcohol Review, 18: 99–101. doi: 10.1080/09595239996815
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
- Received 6 July 1998; revised version 23 October 1998; accepted for publication 30 October 1998.
- standard drinks;
- alcohol consumption
This small study investigates how much alcohol women consume when they have a glass of wine. Hotels in an inner city suburb of Melbourne were visited and their most commonly used wine glass was measured. Three major glass distributors and the Australian Hotels Association were asked about the size of commonly used wine glasses. Eighty-six women measured and recorded the amount of alcohol they drank in a 2-week prospective beverage diary. This study shows that, on average, wine glasses used in licensed premises such as hotels are larger than a standard drink. When at home participants, on average, drank more than a standard drink when consuming wine, champagne, spirits or liqueurs, but they drank less than a standard drink when drinking beer, cider and fortified wine. Wine drinkers, who are often women, cannot rely solely on counting their glasses of wine to keep them below the recommended number of standard drinks when in social situations, such as at hotels and private dwellings.