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

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017

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