How Much Alcohol Is There in a ‘Standard’ Drink? These 11 Countries Disagree
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans discuss alcohol consumption, stating that women can enjoy one standard drink daily while men can enjoy two. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism lists a standard drink as 12 ounces of beer (roughly five percent ABV), five ounces of wine (at about 12 percent ABV), or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. These drinks all contain 14 grams of pure alcohol (ethanol). For men, that’s a daily total of 28 grams of alcohol, while women can have up to 14 grams per day. With that being said, it’s obvious that consuming more than these suggested quantities could be detrimental for your health and your waistline. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
Outside of the United States, it gets a little more complicated. Standard sizes of alcoholic beverages tend to vary in other countries. One drink equaling 14 grams of ethanol isn’t an idea accepted worldwide. In fact, the World Health Organization says that a standard drink should be slightly less boozy, containing just 10 grams of alcohol. The Philippines, Chile, Grenada, and Mexico, however, agree that 14 grams is standard. In some places, there’s no debate about a standard serving size; alcohol is illegal in these 10 countries.