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What's in a Drink

Have you ever gotten completely buzzed on a single drink of rum and coke or a margarita one night, but cruised along after a couple of beers the next? Or maybe you’ve gotten wasted on a few shooters, but you’re usually fine sipping wine? That’s because alcoholic drinks vary in strength or “proof.” Know the Standards

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a standard drink is 6 ounces of ethanol, or…

Where’s the proof?

Standard drink sizes are determined by the percentage of alcohol they contain. Another word for this is “proof.” In the United States, proof is usually twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. Beverages with alcoholic content above a certain percentage sold in the United States must state the “proof” on the label. For wine, only bottles where the alcohol content is 13 percent or higher require a proof notation. Alcohol and weight gain

Here’s something else to keep in mind. With at least 300 calories in an average 8-ounce mixed drink, liquid calories can add up faster than five jelly doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts (1,025 calories) or five small bags of French Fries from MacDonald’s (1,150 calories). Consider the calories you might consume in just one night of binge drinking.

What does “drinking in moderation” mean?

Remember, alcohol is a drug. If you’re of legal age, average weight and you choose to drink, research suggests:

But if you’re drinking, don’t drink and drive!

Resources:

College Drinking—Changing the Culture

Phoenix House: Facts on Tap

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

Calorie Content of 2500 Popular Foods

Recipe Circus Alcohol Calories

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