What is a standard drink in the United States?
A standard drink is equal to 13.7 grams of pure alcohol or • 12-ounces of beer. • 8-ounces of malt liquor. • 5-ounces of wine. • 1.5-ounces or a shot of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, etc). Is beer or wine safer to drink than liquor? No. One 12-ounce beer has about the same amount of alcohol as one 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. It is the amount of ethanol consumed that affects a person most, not the type of alcoholic drink. What does moderate drinking mean? There is no one definition of moderate drinking, but generally the term is used to describe low-risk or responsible drinking. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (1), drinking in moderation is defined as having no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men. This definition is referring to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days. Is it safe to drink alcohol and drive? No, alcohol us