All You Need to Know About How Much Alcohol is In Your Drinks

  • Hard Liquor (vodka, rum etc.) generally contain 40% to 55% alcohol
  • Wine generally contains 10% to 22% alcohol
  • Beer generally contains 4% to 8% alcohol

How much alcohol is in a standard drink?

A five ounce glass of white or red wine, a twelve ounce bottle of beer, and a shot (one and a half ounces) of 80 proof distilled spirits (straight or in a mixed drink) all contain the equivalent amount of alcohol. It does not make a difference what you have been drinking when you take a Breathalyzer test.

1 shot of liquor = 1 beer = 1 glass of wine


Tips to Help You Drink in Moderation – No Matter What You Are Drinking!

  • Know your limit. Your body type, what you have eaten today and many other factors affect how your body absorbs alcohol.
  • Eat food at the same time you are drinking and don’t drink on a empty stomach. Food, particularly high protein food (meat, cheese etc.) helps your body to absorb alcohol more slowly.
  • Alternate drinking an alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.
  • Sip your drinks more slowly and set your drink down in between sips.
  • Don't chug your drinks or participate in drinking games / contests.
  • Don't feel pressured to drink at the speed of your friends or accept drinks if they are offered to you and you don’t want them.
  • Mix your own drinks to prevent heavy handed friends from controlling the alcohol content of your drinks.
  • Fruity drinks can be deceptive! Make sure to realize how much alcohol you are consuming even if it doesn’t taste like it.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages that increase the rate of alcohol absorption or mixing alcohol with energy drinks.
  • Avoid taking straight shots.
  • Participate in activities (dancing, cards etc.). If you sit around and drink you may not realize the effect the alcohol is having on you and may be past your limit.
  • Decide how many drinks you want to have in the night before you start drinking.
  • Decide how long you want to drink for before you start drinking.
  • Decide how much money you want to spend on alcohol before you start drinking and make sure to limit yourself.
  • Don’t mix alcohol with pharmaceuticals until you have considered the risks. Make sure to read all prohibitions or consult with your doctor before hand.

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