Alcohol Proof versus Percentage

Many people choose to enjoy an alcoholic beverage when out with friends or family. However, it is easy to lose track of how much you have been drinking once you start. One way that you can make sure that you are consuming a safe amount is to understand the way different alcohol measurements work, such as proof versus percentage.

If you would like more information on determining alcohol content, or if you have been charged with a DWI, contact a Dallas DWI attorney from the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

Calculating Alcohol Content of a Drink

A simple rule is that your body can process about one drink per hour. However, this varies widely based on your body type and the amount of alcohol in the drink. For instance, a 12 oz. beer has about the same alcohol content as a single 1 oz. shot of hard liquor.

There are two ways that people measure alcohol concentration. First, percentage is the actual ethanol, or alcohol, content in a drink. Next, you may here the concentration referred to as proof. Proof is just double the percentage. For example, if you are drinking 80 proof liquor, it is 40% alcohol.

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Trying to keep track of the alcohol that you consume can be tricky because a 12 oz. beer, at only 10 proof, is much less alcohol than only 2 oz. of 90 proof liquor. If you have been charged with a DWI, contact a Dallas DWI lawyer from the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.


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