Alcohol affects each individual differently. The affect of alcohol on a person will vary according to the person's mood, the time of day, amount of food in the stomach, the mixer used, how fast the person drinks, what and why they are drinking. There are a variety of positive consequences and negative consequences related to drinking.
It is important to know the definition of one standard drink. This is because many drinks you may have over the course of a night may be stronger than others. This is especially important with mixed drinks, as many mixed drinks (even though you are only holding one cup) contain more than one standard drink.
Pictured below you will find the typical standard drinks of a 12 oz. beer, or a 4 oz. glass of wine, and a 1.25 oz. shot of hard liquor. You will also find how drinks measure up in the well-known red cup.
- One 12 oz. bottle of beer
- One 12 oz. can of beer
- One 8 oz. glass of malt liquor (i.e. Old English, Mickey's)
- One "forty" of malt liquor is about 5 standard drinks
- One "forty" of regular beer is about 3.5 standard drinks
- One 1.25 oz. shot of hard liquor (pictured)
- One mixed drink containing one 1.25 oz. shot of hard liquor
- One 750ml bottle of hard liquor ("a fifth") is about 17 standard drinks
Standard drinks in some popular cocktails that contain more than one shot:
- One Long Island Iced Tea is about 4 standard drinks
- One "Adios" is about 5 standard drinks
- One Martini is about 2 standard drinks
- One Margarita is about 1.5 standard drinks
Last revised: June 2012