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What Is Considered One Serving of Alcohol?

The actual serving size for an alcoholic beverage depends on the type of drink. A standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol. This is equal to:

  • 12 ounces of a beer or wine cooler
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor
  • 5 ounces of table wine
  • 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits such as gin, vodka, whiskey, etc.

If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Moderate drinking means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks for men. Generally, anything more than moderate drinking can be harmful to your health. And some people, or people in certain situations, shouldn't drink at all. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your doctor or healthcare provider.


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