How Much Alcohol is in Your Drink?

Alcohol content varies by the type of drink you consume. Some drinks have higher alcohol contents and therefore quickly cause intoxication, while other drinks have lower alcohol contents by volume. If you plan to drive after leaving an event, it is important to understand that different drinks contain different amounts of alcohol, and therefore you may be more intoxicated than you realize.

It is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or greater. If you are unsure if you are over the legal limit, it is always a smart decision to refrain from getting behind the wheel. If you have been charged with DWI, Dallas drunk driving defense attorney Mark Lassiter can provide fair legal representation and help you form a strong case. Contact his office by calling (214) 845-7007.

Alcohol Content by Volume

To help people keep track of how much alcohol they drink, health officials have defined one standard drink as:

  • One 12 oz. beer
  • One 4 oz. glass of wine
  • One shot of 80-proof liquor

Even these standardized portions are difficult to define, since different beers, wines, and liquors also contain different amounts of alcohol between them. For example, beers can vary from containing as little as 5 percent alcohol to up to 12 or even 20 percent alcohol in specialty brews. Additionally, bars and restaurants may serve beer in a pint glass, which is 16 oz rather than 12.

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If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, Dallas drunk driving lawyer Mark T. Lassiter can inform you of your legal rights and fight to help you receive a fair trial. To learn more about drunk driving laws and criminal charges, contact our offices today by calling (214) 845-7007.


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