Standard Drink Sizes

Count as a Drink ...

  • 12 ounces of regular beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

Standard drink equivalents:

Beer

  • 12 oz. = 1 standard drink
  • 16 oz. = 1.3 standard drinks
  • 22 oz. = 2 standard drinks
  • 40 oz. = 3.3 standard drinks

Malt Liquor
(like Colt 45, St. Ides, Olde English 800, Mickey’s)

  • 12 oz. = 1.5 standard drinks
  • 16 oz. = 2 standard drinks
  • 22 oz. = 2.5 standard drinks
  • 40 oz. = 4.5 standard drinks

Wine

  • a 4 oz. glass = 1 standard drink
  • a 750 mL (25 oz.) bottle = 5 standard drinks

80-proof Spirits
(Like Vodka, Gin, Whisky, Rum, Kahlua, etc.)

  • a mixed drink = 1 or more* standard drinks
  • a pint (16 oz.) = 11 standard drinks
  • a fifth (25 oz.) = 17 standard drinks
  • 1.75 L (59 oz.) = 39 standard drinks
*Note: Depending on factors such as the type of spirits and the recipe, one mixed drink can contain from one to three or more standard drinks.

 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health

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