What is a "Drink?"
It's not how many "drinks" that you have, but how much alcohol that you consume. In charts and statistics a "drink" is normally defined as:
- One 12 oz. beer
- One shot of 80 Proof liquor or
- One 4-5 oz glass of wine.
- An "average" beer has about 5% alcohol content, but beers
can vary in alcohol content too. An "ice" beer has a higher content,
some as high as 7% by volume and some of the light beers are much
lower alcohol content. Malt liquor is higher in alcohol content
than the average beer Some draft beers are more than 12-oz. They
can be 16, 18 or 22 oz - almost the equivalent of two "drinks" in
DRINKS - "averages" are based on typical drink recipes using
80 proof liquors. The amount of alcohol in actual mixed drinks may
vary. For example a rum drink may have a range of proof in rums
from 80 proof to "151" rum (named for it's proof). And that assumes
that is it measured accurately when the drink is prepared.
of apple Schnapps has less alcohol content than the same size shot
of the average tequila.
& WINE COOLER - vary in alcohol content also, but are normally
a closer range so that one wine cooler or one 4-5 oz glass of wine
will be the equivalent of one "drink."
LINE: Not all "drinks" are alike.
Be sure you know the alcohol content of the "drink" that you are