Alcohol Serving Size

by Sara Waldron on August 29, 2017

What is an Alcohol Serving Size?

AL serving size picIf you choose to drink, be smart and safe in your decisions. There are plenty of reasons to learn how to pace yourself while drinking. The most important one, aside from avoiding embarrassing behavior, is health related. It’s important to understand what an alcohol serving size truly is so that you can keep track of exactly how many drinks you have. Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink. The amount of liquid is your glass or can doesn’t necessarily match up to how much alcohol is actually in your drink. According to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, one “standard” drink contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in: 12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol. 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12 %alcohol. 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol.

Click on this link for a drink size calculator to help you calculate how many “standard size drink” is in your drink:

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How does alcohol add up?

You may think that different kinds of drinks like beer, wine, or cocktail have different amounts of alcohol. Many people believe this alcohol myth. The fact is that standard serving sizes of all alcohol beverages are equal in alcohol strength and the effects on the body. So, remember this if you decide to drink, it’s important to track the number of drinks and the amount of alcohol you actually have.

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