Standard Drink Calculator Version Française

For an amount of alcohol, find out how many Canadian standard drinks it represents.

 Size: ml oz1 US fluid oz Strength (% alcohol):

1 Ounces (oz) are Imperial fluid ounces (rather than US fluid ounces).

For a number of Canadian standard drinks and % alcohol, find the volume (in ml) it represents.

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## What is a Canadian standard drink?

A Canadian standard drink contains 17.05mL or 0.6001oz (Imperial fluid ounces) or 0.5765oz (US fluid ounces) of pure ethanol. As there is no accepted international definition for a "standard drink", how a standard drink is defined both in terms of metric (i.e.: mass of pure ethanol vs. volume of pure ethanol) and amount of pure ethanol can vary widely from country to country.

This tool only provides information on Canadian standard drinks.

### Learning to count drinks?

• 341mL bottle of light beer (3.7% alcohol) = 0.7 Canadian standard drinks
• 355mL can of extra strength beer (8% alcohol) = 1.7 Canadian standard drinks
• 500mL can of cider (4.5% alcohol) = 1.3 Canadian standard drinks
• 750mL bottle of wine (12% alcohol) = 5.3 Canadian standard drinks
• 9oz (Imperial) glass of wine (14% alcohol) = 2.1 Canadian standard drinks
• 2oz (Imperial) shot of spirits (40% alcohol) = 1.3 Canadian standard drinks
• 9oz (US) glass of wine (14% alcohol) = 2.2 Canadian standard drinks
• 2oz (US) shot of spirits (40% alcohol) = 1.4 Canadian standard drinks
As of Jan 2023, Canada has updated its Guidance on Alcohol and Health. Unlike the previous guidelines from 2011, the new guidelines define a 'continuum of risk associated with weekly alcohol' rather than a recommended maximum number of drinks per week.
The harms are defined as:
• 2 standard drinks or less per week — You are likely to avoid alcohol-related consequences for yourself or others at this level.
• 3–6 standard drinks per week — Your risk of developing several types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer, increases at this level.
• 7 standard drinks or more per week — Your risk of heart disease or stroke increases significantly at this level.
• Each additional standard drink radically increases the risk of alcohol-related consequences.
• Consuming more than 2 standard drinks per occasion is associated with an increased risk of harms to self and others, including injuries and violence.

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Note: The mathematical formula for calculating a Canadian standard drink using millilitres (mL) is: ((container volume in mL x % alcohol by volume)/(17.05mL of ethanol))/100
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