Alcohol Use and Older Adults
Frequently Asked Questions
14. How much is one alcoholic drink?
A "standard" drink contains about 0.6 fluid ounces of pure alcohol. A single drink can be
- one 12-ounce can or bottle of regular beer, ale, or wine cooler
- one 8- or 9-ounce can or bottle of malt liquor
- one 5-ounce glass of wine
- one 1.5-ounce shot glass of hard liquor such as whiskey, gin, vodka, or rum. The label on the bottle will say "80 proof."