Law Offices of Tim Powers
Going out to the bar and drinking with friends can be just what someone
needs after a stressful week or a long day at work. However, whether it’s
a ‘one relaxing beer’ kind of night, or you’re looking
for something stiff to dilute the pain of the work week, it is always
important to be aware of how much you’ve had to drink if you’re
going to be driving home.
However, many people have a hard time judging whether or not they have
had too much to drink or if they should drive home because most people
do not understand the alcohol equivalents of different drinks. It can
be hard to know if you’re over the legal limit if you don’t
even know how many drinks it takes for your body to get to that point.
Having a better understanding of alcohol equivalence will help drinkers
make wise choices when it comes to driving after a night at the bar. First,
it is important to understand what constitutes as a “drink”
and how much alcohol is in a standard serving size. Let’s see how
much you already know about alcohol equivalence:
True or False: Beer and wine contain just as much alcohol as liquor in standard servings.
True! Many people are fooled into thinking that “just having a couple of
beers” before driving home from the bar is safer than having a couple
glasses of wine or a few shots of your favorite scotch. This is typically
because the percentage of alcohol in beer (around 5%) is much lower than
in wine (12%) and liquor (around 40%). However, what many people tend
to forget is the serving size that these drinks come in.
Beer is typically served in 12 ounce glasses, wine in 5 ounce glasses and
liquor in 1.5 ounce shot glasses. When you factor in these serving sizes,
it works out that different factors that can affect the amount of alcohol
in a standard serving size:
Beer: While an average beer has an alcohol percentage around 5%, different
types of beers can alter the percentage. For instance, an “ice”
beer can have an alcohol content as high as 7%, but a light beer may be
as low as 3%. Also, malt beer is usually much higher in alcohol content
than an average beer.
Mixed Drinks: Mixed drinks are calculated as having around 1.5 ounces of an 80-proof
liqueur. However, the range of proof in liqueurs can range greatly depending
on the maker and the brand. For instance, some rum may be around the average
of 80 proof, while other rum, “151″ is named after its proof.
Knowing about the standard size and alcohol equivalence of different drinks
can help eliminate the danger of misusing alcohol and allow drivers to
make wise choices when driving after a night of drinking. No matter what
type of drink you prefer, it is always important to drink responsibly.
If you are seeking aggressive criminal representation by an experienced
criminal defense attorney for your Denton County DWI case or arrest in
Denton County, contact the offices of Tim Powers today. There is no charge
or obligation for the initial consultation. 940.580.2899
*Tim Powers is an attorney licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court
of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For
legal advice about any specific legal question you should directly consult
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