Rethinking Drinking: NIAAA says to consider how much alcohol may be in your drinks

NIAAA says to consider how much alcohol may be in your drinks (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, supported by the NIH, issued a warning on Tuesday.

It is asking everyone to “Rethink What We Drink.”

Experts say that, quite often at holiday parties and events, people are surprised to learn about the amount of alcohol in a drink which may be more than you think.

For example, in the United States, a standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6 fluid ounces, which has about 14 grams of pure alcohol.

They say that despite the fact some drinks that are all different sizes, they may contain the same amount of alcohol.

So, one drink can be from five percent alcohol to forty percent.

So those enjoying a beverage may be getting more than they think, which is not only a hazard if you are driving, but also for everything from calorie intake to judgment toward risky behavior.

Chances are that you know your favorites, so they suggest before the party that you go to their drink calculator. You can find a link to that calculator here.

With that tool, you can find out how much is in what you are typically drinking, and what may be a way to drink that safely and responsibly.

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