# How many drinks are in common containers?

In the United States, a "standard" drink is any drink that contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of "pure" alcohol. Below is the approximate number of standard drinks in different sized containers of

regular beer
(5% alc/vol)
12 fl oz = 1
16 fl oz = 1⅓
22 fl oz = 2
40 fl oz = 3⅓
malt liquor
(7% alc/vol)
12 fl oz = 1½
16 fl oz = 2
22 fl oz = 2½
40 fl oz = 4½
table wine
(12% alc/vol)
750 ml (a regular
wine bottle) = 5
80-proof spirits or "hard liquor"
(40% alc/vol)
 a shot (1.5-oz glass/50-ml bottle) = 1 a mixed drink or cocktail = 1 or more 200 ml (a "half pint") = 4½ 375 ml (a "pint" or "half bottle") = 8½ 750 ml (a "fifth") = 17

Do you drink cocktails or a beverage not listed above? If you're curious and willing to do a little homework on your drink's alcohol content, you can use Rethinking Drinking's calculators to estimate the number of standard drinks per cocktail or container.

 National Institutesof Health Department of Healthand Human Services