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This is a series of cartoon frames in which a professor asks questions of a student, then points to a screen that shows information about alcohol. There are three distinct parts to the lesson: (1) what is a standard drink ; (2) why this information is important; and (3) how many drinks are in a can or bottle.
Professor: OK, class, who knows how much alcohol is in a drink?
Student: That’s a trick question, Professor. It depends on both the serving size and the type of drink.
Professor: Right! It can be confusing because different types of drinks have different amounts of alcohol. To help out, someone came up with the idea of a “standard drink.” Who knows what that is?
Student: I know! A standard drink is any drink that has 1.2 tablespoons of pure alcohol.
Professor: That’s right. Check out these standard drinks.
On the screen is a chart with the title: “Each of these drinks has about the same amount (about 1.2 tablespoons) of “Pure” alcohol, or ethanol.
Pictured are a beer can, a wine glass, and a shot glass. Headings are as follows: 12 ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol) equals 5 ounces of table wine (12% alcohol) equals 1.5 ounces of hard liquor (40% alcohol).
Note: In the title of this chart, the word ‘ethanol’ is a hot link that pops up a screen that reads as follows: Ethanol is the alcohol that’s in beer, wine, and liquor – and it’s also used in medicines, colognes, cleaning solutions and even car fuel. It’s a clear, colorless liquid that comes from fermenting –or breaking down—natural things like fruit, corn, grain and sugar cane. Ethanol is toxic, and the liver works to break it down to avoid damage to cells and organs.
Student: Why is it important to know what counts as a drink?
Professor: You’ll understand alcohol news stories better and information such as this:
On the screen are two bulleted statements that read as follows:
• Heavier drinking increases the chances for having an alcohol disorder. The chances are much higher for men who have more than 4 drinks a day and women who have more than 3 drinks a day.
• It takes the adult body about 2 hours to break down a single drink.
Professor: How many standard drinks are in a can or bottle?
Student: It depends – It could be just one or many:
On the screen is a chart with the following:
Three headings read: (1) Alcoholic beverage; (2) Bottle or can size, and (3) Approximate number of standard drinks
The rows read as follows:
Beer, 12 ounces, is equivalent to 1 standard drink
Malt liquor is like beer, but generally has a higher concentration of alcohol. Three malt liquor bottle or can sizes are shown: 12 ounces is equivalent to 1.5 standard drinks; 16 ounces is equivalent to 2 standard drinks, and 40 ounces is equivalent to 5 standard drinks.
Wine is usually sold in 750 ml bottles (about 25 ounces), equivalent to 5 standard drinks.
Hard liquor includes drinks such as whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and tequila. A standard measure for something that’s 40% alcohol is 1.5 ounces. 750 ml (a fifth, about 25 ounces) is equivalent to 17 standard drinks.
Note: each standard drink icon (beer can, wine glass, shot glass) has the same amount of pure alcohol.