Beer, wine, and hard liquor (distilled
spirits) all contain alcohol. The following common alcoholic drinks contain
equal amounts of alcohol and are often referred to as a drink or a standard
One mixed drink containing
1.5 fl oz (44 mL) of 80-proof
hard liquor, such as gin, whiskey, or rum
5 fl oz (148 mL) glass of
12 fl oz (355 mL) bottle of
beer or wine cooler
Proof is the amount of alcohol in hard liquor or distilled spirits.
The percentage of pure alcohol in the hard liquor is usually one-half the
proof. For example, a 100-proof liquor is about 50% pure alcohol. Thus, the
higher the proof, the more pure alcohol the hard liquor contains.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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