How much is one drink?

| Nov 20, 2020 | DUI/DWI |

We know that people often have a drink or two and then drive home. These people are usually not out drinking for the sake of getting intoxicated. Think of your typical fine dining establishment, where it seems like there is a glass of wine on every table. People often just feel like having one drink before driving is still safe and responsible.

This can lead to some serious issues, though, if they underestimate how much they have had to drink. So, how much is one drink?

Different types of alcohol

It depends, of course, on what type of alcohol you drink. Here are the following qualifications for a single drink:

  • Beer: 12 ounces
  • Wine: 5 ounces
  • Distilled spirits (vodka, etc): 1.5 ounces

Then, you also must consider the percentage of alcohol in the drink. For instance, the above assumes that the beer will have an alcohol content of 5%. This is true for most mass-market beer. However, many craft beers are far higher. If you drink 12 ounces of a craft beer that is 12% alcohol, it’s actually more in line with a glass of wine. This means that you have now had more than two drinks, even if you think that you had one.

Addressing DUI charges

As you can see, underestimating how much you have had to drink could have some serious ramifications, leading to allegations of drunk driving. No matter how it happened, make sure you know exactly what legal options you have to address these charges and protect your future.