A Drink Is Not A Drink

Lets take a look.....

Drinks*

 

Equivalent of Beer

2 Drinks in 1 Hour

Beer .54 oz. of alcohol

=

 

2 beers

Pina Colada 3.0 oz.

=

5.55 beers

11.1 beers

White Russian 2.9 oz.

=

5.37 beers

10.8 beers

Manhattan 2.18 oz.

=

4.04 beers

8.08 beers

Hurrican 2.0 oz.

=

3.70 beers

7.40 beers

Tom Collins 2.0 oz.

=

3.70 beers

7.40 beers

Margarita 1.79 oz.

=

3.31 beers

6.62 beers

Dry Martini 1.78 oz.

=

3.30 beers

6.60 beers

Frozen Daiquiri 1.5 oz.

=

2.78 beers

5.56 beers

*Mixed drinks are basedon typical drink recipes from teh Mr. Boston Official Bartender's and Party Guide using 80 proof liquor. **Average domestic 12. oz. regular beer - light beers would be less.

  • Based on these equivalences, alcohol may be alcohol, but a drink is definitely not a drink. The amount of alcohol in a poured/mixed drink is dependent on the type of drink and who pours it.
  • Alcohol intoxication is dependent upon the amount of alcohol consumed, not the number of drinks consumed.
  • Stating that "a drink is a drink", implying there is no difference between beer, wine or hard liquor if they are served in standard sizes, is very misleading.

The Facts

  • Beer is a unique product with individual attributes, distinct among licensed beverages.
  • A concerted effort is being made to represent that a drink is a drink whether the drink is a mug of beer, a glass of wine or a martini.
  • The notion is known as "equivalence," and it is misleading. It does not reflect the way these products are served
  • Historically, public policy has clearly differentiated between the types of alcoholic liquors and that policy should be maintained.

Beer the Beverage of Moderation