Standard Drinks

A critical aspect of moderate and responsible consumption is knowing how much alcohol you are drinking. It is important to understand the definition of a standard drink and how much alcohol is in each beverage container. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, one standard drink or ‘drink equivalent’ contains 0.06 ounces of pure alcohol (ethanol). Examples of standard drinks include:

  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol) such as rum, vodka, gin, or whiskey
  • 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol)
  • 5 ounces of wine (12 % alcohol)

To learn more about how to calculate how many standard drinks are in a container, use the Standard Drink calculator.

Enter the information below to calculate the number of standard drinks.

NOTE: Individuals should discuss alcohol consumption with their physician, who can determine what is best for them based on individual factors, such as family history, genetics, and lifestyle.

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