Standard Alcoholic Drink

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Beer, wine, and hard liquor (distilled spirits) all contain alcohol. The following common drinks contain equal amounts of alcohol and are often referred to as a drink or a standard drink:

  • One mixed drink containing 43 mL (1.5 fl oz) of 40% hard liquor, such as vodka, gin, rye whiskey, or rum
  • One 142 mL (5 fl oz) glass of 12% wine
  • One 341 mL (12 fl oz) bottle of 5% beer or wine cooler

Current as ofMay 7, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Peter Monti PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health

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