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How Strong is That Drink? Calculator Helps Figure

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 01:30 PM EDT

How strong is that pina colada? The National Institutes of Health wants to spread the word: Check out its online calculator to see how much alcohol you're really drinking with those summer cocktails.

A "standard drink" is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or an ounce and a half of distilled spirits. It's a useful way to track consumption. But the multiple ingredients make for a harder count.

Recipes matter. The calculator says a pina colada with 3 ounces of rum is like two glasses of wine. Cut some rum, and it's closer to a standard drink. A margarita? With an ounce and a half of tequila and an ounce of orange liqueur, the calculator says that's the equivalent of 1.7 standard drinks.

AP-WF-07-03-14 1614GMT

How Strong is That Drink? Calculator Helps Figure


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