How big is your drink?

How much alcohol is in one drink? Is a shot equal to a can of beer?

Different types of drinks contain varying amounts of alcohol by volume:

  • a 12-ounce beer (5 percent alcohol by volume) is the same as
  • a 5-ounce glass of wine (13 percent alcohol), which is the same as
  • a 1.5-ounce shot of liquor (40 percent alcohol).

Consumption time generally varies greatly when consuming 1.5, 5, and 12 ounces of alcohol. (One measuring cup equals 8 ounces.)

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