Getting enough water

Your body needs water to perform most of its functions.

Swapping sugary drinks like juice, cordial and soft drinks for tap water helps you:

  • have healthy teeth
  • prevent chronic diseases
  • maintain a healthy weight.

How much water do you need?

Babies: Start to give your baby water in a sippy cup from 6 months old. If your baby is  having infant formula, give them water that has been boiled and cooled on hot days.
Toddlers: About 4 cups
Children: About 5 cups
Teenagers: About 6-8 cups
Adults: About 8-10 cups
Older Adults: About 8-10 cups
Pregnancy: About 9 cups
Breastfeeding: About 10 cups 

Be careful with alcohol

To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, adults should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day. Not drinking alcohol is the safest option if you are pregnant.

A standard drink is equivalent to 10 grams of alcohol:

Wine:  100 millitre glass
Sparkling: 100 millitre glass
Spirit: 30 millitre nip (shot glass)
Cider: 285 millitre glass (pot)
Full strength beer: 285 millitre glass (pot)
Light beer: 425 millitre glass (schooner)

Page last updated: Tuesday, 26 July 2022