Standard Drink

Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a standard drink. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, bottle, or other drink container does not necessarily match up to how much “pure” alcohol is actually in your drink. Although the drinks below are different sizes, each contains approximately the same amount of alcohol and counts as a single standard drink.

This is an image of a serving size of regular beer (12 fl oz), malt liquor (8 - 9 fl oz), wine (5 fl oz) and 80-proof spirits (1.5 fl oz)

Although the “standard” drink amounts are helpful for following the health guidelines, they may not reflect customary serving sizes. For example, a mixed drink made with hard liquor can contain 1 to 3 or more standard drinks, depending on the type of liquor and the recipe.

Additionally, it’s important to know that the alcohol content in different types of beer, wine, and liquor can vary greatly.

Visit the cocktail calculator to determine how many “standard drinks" are in one serving of different mixed drinks.