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Alcohol Basics

What is a "standard drink?"

The body can typically process one standard drink per hour. If you make the decision to drink, know what you are consuming.  The size of a container is not the best way to measure "a" drink.  To make low-risk drinking choices staying within these limits will help reduce and avoid negative consequences related to drinking:

Women: no more than 2 drinks a day and no more than 7 drinks per week
Men: no more than 3 drinks a day and no more than 14 drinks per week.

What counts as "one drink?"

A standard measure that will apply to different types of alcohol beverage regardless of how they are served.

Beer - most domestic beer is 4 to 5% alcohol, served in a 12 ounce can or bottle.  This means an average beer contains about 1/2 ounce of pure alcohol,
Wine - the average table wine contains 12% alcohol, so 4 ounces of wine contains about 1/2 ounce of pure alcohol,
Liquor/hard alcohol - one ounce of 100 proof of liquor contains 1/2 ounce of pure alcohol.

Measured in this way - beer, wine and liquor contain about 1/2 ounce of pure alcohol, which is a little more that the average amount of alcohol that the body can process in an hour.  For this reason, that amount has become the standard for one drink.

One glass or container does not necessarily translate to "one standard drink."

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