Which has the most alcohol: a can of beer, a shot of wine or a shot of whisky?

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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A can of beer (12 oz), a glass of wine (5-6 oz), and a 1.5 oz shot of whiskey all generally contain the same amount of alcohol.  It should be noted these are 3 different serving sizes, indicating there is more alcohol in whiskey, less in wine, and the least in beer.

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mwmovr40 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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First there needs to be a little clarification:

Wine usually isn't seved in "shots".  A general serving for comparison purposes is about five ounces.

Whiskey comes in varying concentrations or strengths.  They range from around 40 % alcohol to 80%.  Again, for comparison purposes, 40% (or "80 proof") whiskey, or spirits, is a good concentration.

With this in hand, a 5 ounce glass of wine, a 12 ounce can of general American beer, and a 1 1/2 ounce shot of 49% whiskey contain approximately the same amount of alcohol.



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