What counts as a drink, anyway? Guidelines for “Low Risk” Drinking

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has  guidelines for “low risk” drinking.  These are helpful in understanding how much is too much to drink.  This guide is intended to be used to identify when you may have an alcohol use disorder. Share this information with friends and loved ones.   Encourage those closest to you to drink responsibly.  And if you are planning on drinking alcohol,  arrange a sober ride home.


Drinking Limit Chart for Men and Women

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But what is a standard drink?  

 Let’s talk about exactly what “one drink” actually means. 


An image explaining how much alcohol is in a drink

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It’s important to note that serving sizes of beverages play a big role in how many drinks you are consuming.  A quick web search shows a popular home goods retailer that sells a wine glass that holds 31 oz of wine. If you filled that glass and drank it, that “one glass” of wine would be the equivalent of 6 standard drinks.

For more information on “low-risk drinking” and alcohol use disorders, the “Rethinking Drinking” website provided by the NIAAA is full of helpful information.