What are standard drinks? Why is knowing about them important?
1. What are standard drinks?
- 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer.
- 5-ounce glass of dinner wine.
- Shot (1.5 ounce) of liquor or distilled spirits.
Each standard drink of beer, wine and spirits has the same amount of pure alcohol. It’s six-tenths of one ounce. Alcohol equivalence refers to the fact that standard drinks are equal in their alcohol content.
Who supports alcohol equivalence? Federal government agencies. Also national health and safety groups that fight alcohol abuse. They include these.
- Acad of Nutrition and Diet (AND) (formerly the Am Diet Ass’n (ADA).
- Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bur (TTB) (formerly the Bur of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BASTF).
- Cent for Disease Control and Prev (CDC).
- Dept of Agriculture (USDA).
- Nat Highway Traff Safety Ad (NHTSA).
- Dept of Health and Human Serv (HHS)
- Food and Drug Admin (FDA).
- Dept of Trans (DOT).
- Nat Consumers League (NCL).
- Dept of Ed (DOE).
- Nat Inst of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
- Public Health Service.
- Surgeon General’s Office.
- Nat Coun of Alcoholism and Drug Depend (NCADD).
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
4. Why is knowing about drink equivalence important?
Knowing alcohol equivalence helps us make wise decisions. Knowing about alcohol equivalence also helps us understand that there is no drink of moderation. There are only behaviors of moderation.
Knowing that standard drinks are all the same to a breath tester is very important. It can help us avoid driving while impaired. And that can prevent us from having trouble with the law. But much more important, it can prevent injuries and save lives. Perhaps our own life.
At this point you know much more about alcohol equivalence than most people. So congts!
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