How Does the Alcohol in Wine Compare to Other Drinks?

set of drinks in glassesTGIF! Are you going out for drinks with friends once 5 o’clock rolls around today? Or might you be planning to dine out this weekend and order a bottle of wine to accompany the meal?

We want you, your friends and your family to get home safely. Plus, DUI laws are tighter than they’ve ever been. That means you need to be aware of how much you’re drinking and how it’s impacting you. Which leads us to today’s FAQ…

QUESTION: How does the amount of alcohol in wine compare to the amount in other drinks?

ANSWER: If you’ve ever watched the television program “Bar Rescue,” you know that the definition of “a drink” can vary widely from bar to bar and even from bartender to bartender.

Perhaps the best way to compare wine to other adult beverages is via the definition of one drink. Here’s how it breaks down: One drink equals…

  • 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol)
  • 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol)
  • 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces of a distilled spirit (40% alcohol/80 proof)

Some wines (mainly whites) have a slightly lower alcohol level, while others (mainly reds) may have a higher level, which means you need to adjust the pour size accordingly in order to attain “one drink.”

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