Calculator Helps Determine How Much You’re Really Drinking

WASHINGTON (July 3, 2014) The National Institutes of Health has created an online calculator you can use to figure out how much alcohol you're really consuming with those summer cocktails.

A "standard drink" is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or an ounce and a half of distilled spirits and it’s a useful way to track consumption, but the multiple ingredients make for a harder count.

Recipes matter, too.

The calculator, for example, says a pina colada with 3 ounces of rum is the equivalent of two glasses of wine.

Cut some of the rum, though, and it's closer to a standard drink.

A margarita with an ounce and a half of tequila and an ounce of orange liqueur is the equivalent of 1.7 standard drinks.

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