Many of us aren’t too sure what a standard drink is, so I put together this quick video, showing you what a standard measure of wine looks like, in three different sized glasses.
To be perfectly frank, it’s not much, and probably a lot less than many of us drink when we think we’re just having one glass.
Australian government guidelines recommend that women have no more than 2 standard drinks a day, on average, and never any more than 4 standard drinks in one sitting.
Alcohol consumption has many health effects. Most of us would acknowledge its impact on the brain, on our weight, and our mental well being, but did you know alcohol consumption can also increase your risk of some cancers? The NSW Cancer Council advises that “drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing some cancers particularly cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bowel, liver and breast”.
Some of these cancers are six times more common in alcohol drinkers than non-drinkers.
And it’s not just heavy drinking that has health implications. Even drinking small amounts increases the risk of cancer, and the risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink.
The Cancer Council recommends that people who do not drink already, do not start, and that drinkers limit the amount of alcohol, as outlined in the guidelines above.
I don’t want to be the fun police, but it is food for thought.