CNN just put up this graphic of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) definition of a heavy drinker. These are the levels above which there is scientific evidence for harm.
CDC says a “drink” is:
- 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
- 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
- 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
- 1.5-ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)
The graphic made a world of difference. It seems so low.