Safe Consumption

What's in your drink?

Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a standard drink. The amount of liquid in your glass, can, or bottle does not necessarily equal to the amount of alcohol that is actually in your drink. Different types of beer, wine, or liquor can have very different amounts of alcohol content so you may have more than one standard drink. For example, many light beers have about 85% as much alcohol as regular beer. Here’s another way to put it:

  • Regular beer: 5% alcohol content
  • Some light beers: 4.2% alcohol content

That’s why it’s important to know how much alcohol your drink contains.  In the United States, one "standard" drink (or one alcoholic drink equivalent) contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer, about 5% alcohol
  • 5 ounces of wine, about 12% alcohol
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor (vodka, rum, tequila, etc), about 40% alcohol

Interactive Body

See how alcohol affects the human body.

BAC Calculator

This tool can be used to estimate Blood Alcohol Concentration. Other factors not examined by this tool may also play a role in BAC levels.

What's in your vape?

We often hear that "Vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes." While vaping might be safer than smoking, it doesn't make it SAFE. 

Unfortunately, solid research can take decades to compile, and we just aren’t there yet with e-cigs, vapes, and JUUL. We don’t know the impact these products could have on our health. But what we know so far definitely gives us pause.

  • One JUUL pod contains 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine
  • Using Nicotine before the age of 25 can have lasting brain effects, including nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. 
  • Vaping can weaken you immune system, can damage blood vessels, and makes you significantly more likely to start smoking cigarettes. 

Page last modified February 13, 2024