Alcohol Awareness Month: What Is One Drink?There are many myths about drinking alcohol. Beer before liquor, never been sicker, and so on along those lines. For the record, that one is bunk. Too much to drink, means quite simply you’ll get drunk. In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, however, let’s bust one of the more common myths. Many people still labor under the illusion that beer and wine won’t get you as sloshed as hard liquor. If you go by standard drinks, they all contain the same amount of alcohol across the board. In the United States, a standard drink has about 14 grams of alcohol. All of the following have approximately the same amount of alcohol:
- Regular beer: 12 ounces, about 5% alcohol
- Malt liquor: 8-9 ounces, about 7% alcohol
- Table wine: 5 ounces, about 12% alcohol
- Fortified wine (sherry, port): 3-4 ounces, about 17% alcohol
- Cordials, liqueurs or aperitif: 2-3 ounces, about 24% alcohol
- Brandy or cognac: 1.5 ounces, about 40% alcohol
- Distilled 80-proof spirits (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, etc.): 1.5 ounces (1 shot): about 40% alcohol
Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.
Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.
Talk with one of our Treatment Specialists!
Call 24/7: 949-276-2886