What is the standard?
A Standard drink is:
- One 12-ounce bottle of beer* or wine cooler (5 percent alcohol or less) .
- One 5-ounce glass of wine (9 – 14 percent alcohol).
- 1.5-ounces of distilled spirits (40 percent alcohol or more).
Notes of caution
- Different beers have different alcohol content. Malt liquor has higher alcohol content than most other brewed beverages.
- Plastic cups, which are often used to serve alcohol in at parties, are often 16oz cups – 1˝ standard drinks.
- 5-ounces of wine is about half a wine glass – a full glass is more than one standard drink.
- Many mixed drinks have more than one type of alcohol in them – for example, long island iced tea is made up of 4 or 5 different alcohol shots – which means one such drink is really 4-5 standard drinks of alcohol.
A standard rule for “safe” drinking is
- One drink or less a day for women .
- No more than two drinks a day for men.
The standard rate at which alcohol metabolizes is
- One third of an ounce of pure ethanol an hour.
What is binge drinking?
- Consuming five or more drinks in a row for males and four or more in a row for females.
- Frequent binge drinkers were eight times more likely than non-binge drinkers to miss a class, fall behind in schoolwork, get hurt or injured, and damage property.
- In a national study, 91 percent of women and 78 percent of the men who were frequent binge drinkers considered themselves to be moderate or light drinkers.
Past Month Alcohol Use (Purple) by Sex vs. Binge Alcohol Use among Full-Time College Students (Orange) by Sex vs. Heavy Alcohol Use among Full-Time College Students by Sex Heavy (Blue).
Relationship between binge alcohol drinking and suicide deaths by state.
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