The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism gives clarification on exactly what constitutes "a drink" :
"In the United States, one "standard" drink contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in: 12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol. 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12% alcohol. 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol."
Many wine glasses can hold three servings of alcohol. The new craft beers can have as high as 10% alcohol.
Binge drinkers account for 77% of the national dysfunctional cost of drinking in the U.S., and binge drinking results in “88,000 deaths each year” in the U.S.
In addition, according to the CDC, two of every five dollars of the cost of paying for binge alcohol related problems—over 100 billion dollars—were paid by the government.
copyright Barb Harwood