Standard Drink Calculator NZ

How to calculate standard drinks in New Zealand

Published: new-zealand


This website contains a useful tool called the "Standard Drink Calculator" that is available to help individuals understand and track their alcohol intake. Read on for more information, or click Calculator, to be taken to directly to the tool.

What is a Standard Drink?

Before delving into the calculator, it is important to understand what defines a standard drink. In New Zealand, a standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol, which is the amount an average adult can process within an hour. It is not solely dependent on the size of the beverage, but rather the alcohol content it contains. For instance, a 330ml bottle of beer with 4% alcohol content is considered one standard drink, while a 100ml glass of wine with 12.5% alcohol content also counts as one standard drink.

Understanding the Standard Drink Calculator

The Standard Drink Calculator is a practical tool designed to help individuals monitor their alcohol intake accurately. Users can input the quantity and type of alcohol they consumed, and the calculator will display the number of standard drinks consumed.

How to Use the Standard Drink Calculator

Using the Standard Drink Calculator is simple and user-friendly. Follow these steps to calculate your alcohol intake:

  1. Choose Your Drink Name (optional): Enter a name for the type of alcoholic beverage you. This is purely for ease of reading the output information.

  2. Enter Volume: Input the quantity of alcohol you consumed in milliliters (ml). For example, if you had a 150ml glass of wine, enter "150 ml."

  3. Enter Strength: Input the strength of the alcohol. This is very important.

  4. Number of people: Enter how many people will be sharing the drink. Two people could be sharing a bottle of wine, for example. This is output how many drinks per
    person they will have.

  5. Calculate: Click on the "Calculate" button, and the Standard Drink Calculator will instantly display the number of standard drinks in your chosen beverage.

    Note that every person has a different tolerance to drinking and should be mindful of their alcohol consumption. A good adage is “less is best”, and it is always best to drink responsibly.