Quiz: The Alcohol-Cancer Connection

Laura A. Stokowski, RN, MS


November 23, 2015

The alcohol content of a typical drink can vary from country to country. In the United States, a standard drink contains approximately 14 g of alcohol, regardless of beverage type (Table).

Table. Alcohol Content of a Standard Drink

Alcoholic Beverage Alcohol Concentration Typical Drink Volume
Beer (regular) 5% 12 oz
Beer (light) 4.2% 12 oz
Wine 12% 5 oz
Fortified wine 17% 3.5 oz
Liqueurs 24% 2.5 oz

Each typical beverage contains 0.6 oz of pure alcohol (14 g). Data from National Institutes of Health.[13]


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