Collegiate Alcohol Drink Sizes

Researchers at Duke University asked college undergraduates about their alcohol consumption. The students were then asked to pour water into cups in quantities they thought equaled one beer, one shot of whiskey, and the amount of alcohol beverage served in a mixed drink.

The more drinks the students reported consuming during the previous two weeks, the more accurate they were in gauging the proper amount of alcohol to be poured.


  • Morin, R. Unconventional wisdom. Washington Post, B5, 11-23-03.

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