Alcohol is alcohol is alcohol: A standard serving of beer, distilled spirits, or wine each contains the same amount of alcohol. It is important to know this fact so you can plan to drink responsibly. The following count as one drink (Source: Distilled Spirits Council of the United States):
- 12 ounces of regular beer (150 calories)
- 5 ounces of wine (100 calories)
- 1.5 ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits (100 calories)
Distilled spirits such as vodka, rum, whiskey... they contain zero carbohydrate. Learn more
The distilled spirit industry generates $95 billion in the U.S. economic activity annually. Over 1.3 million people are involved in the industry through manufacture, distribution and sales with more than $28 billion in U.S. wages.
Americans spent more than $68 billion on spirits, wine and beer in restaurants and bars in 2002. Total spirits consumption gained 1.8% in 2002 according to Adams Handbook 2003.
The nation's most heavily taxed consumer products - taxes and fees make up more than half the cost of an average bottle of spirit. Federal, state and local governments receive more than $18 billion per year in tax revenue from the distilled spirits industry.
Scotch whisky is one of the UK's top five export earners. In recent years Scotch has been exported to about 2200 different markets all over the world. The major markets are the European Union, USA, Japan and other Asian markets.
Gin and Vodka account for nearly 35% of the world's spririt sales by volume. Move vodka is drunk than any other spirit in the western world - 500 million cases a year including Russia. The 18 - 24 age group is the largest vodka drinking age group in UK. The 25 - 34 age group accounts for 24 - 25% of all vodka drinkers.
Key Recommendations by USDA Dietary Guidelines
Those who choose to drink alcoholic beverages should do so sensibly and in moderation - defined as the consumption of up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed by some individuals, including those who cannot restrict their alcohol intake, women of childbearing age who may become pregnant, pregnant and lactating women, children an adolescents, individuals taking medications that can interact with alcohol, and those with specific medical conditions.
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided by individuals engaging in activities that require attention, skill, or coordination, such as driving or operating machinery.
(Source: April, 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, USDA, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States)