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The pour line (or plimsoll line) is often misunderstood. It is used to pour a single serving which varies from restaurant to restaurant. It’s not uncommon for it to be as much as 1.5x or 2x a legal standard drink volume. Confused?
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Some restaurants commonly pour 150mL as a glass of wine. So how does this related to recommended alcohol consumption, measured in standard drinks?
- White wines, sparking wines and roses often have 10-11% alcohol, which means roughly 125mL will make up one standard drink.*
- Red wines and richer wines like pinots, merlots often have 13-14% alcohol, which means roughly 100mL will make up one standard drink.* That’s two thirds of a common serving size in restaurants, so after two glasses you have actually consumed three standard drinks.
- For fortified wines, desert wines, ports etc, often have 18-20% alcohol, which means roughly 70mL will make up one standard drink. That’s half of a common serving size in restaurants so you need to be wise to this point and realise you are in actual fact consuming two standard drinks.
Interestingly, some premium end restaurants will actually pour 100mL glasses of wine (if you observe closely on the menu, as its difficult to tell based on looking just at the glass), so when that happens you have to re-calibrate your estimates of the number of standard drinks again.
What about spirits? Vodka, gin, bourbon, whiskey are typically 35-40% alcohol, which means roughly 30mL or one shot is equal to one standard drink. The Standard Drink Company glasses has a one shot pour mark, so you can have fun making cocktails with your favorite spirit.
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*Based on the definition of a standard drink in Australia, New Zealand and other countries, which is 10g of alcohol