Drink Calculator

As with most things, the serving size of alcohol makes a difference! The amount of liquid in a beverage does not necessarily correspond with how much alcohol is in that drink. That's because different types of drinks have widely different amounts of pure alcohol in them. Below you can find the definition of a standard serving size of common beverages containing alcohol.

A standard drink contains 14 grams (half an ounce) of pure alcohol in the United States. If we break that down, the amount of alcohol in each of these types of drinks is considered one standard drink:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol)
  • 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits (about 40% alcohol)

Use caution with fortified wine, craft brews and liquors that are higher than 80 “proof”

Source: What is a Standard Drink? National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Use our drink calculator to get a good idea of how much alcohol is in each type of drink.

  • Beer
    about 5% alcohol
    12 fl oz
  • Craft Beer
    about 9% alcohol
    (Check the bottle and adjust accordingly.)
    6.5 fl oz
  • Red Wine
    about 12% alcohol
    5 fl oz
  • White Wine
    about 12% alcohol
    5 fl oz
  • Champagne
    about 12% alcohol
    5 fl oz
  • Cocktails
    (Amount of alcohol depends on how many shots are included. Each shot is one serving.)
  • Cognac/Brandy
    40% alcohol
    1.5 fl oz
  • Whisky/Spirits
    40% alcohol
    (Check the bottle and adjust accordingly. Amount of alcohol depends on how many shots are included.)
    1.5 fl oz
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