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Wine and "Drink" Equivalents: What You Need to Know

Wine and "Drink" Equivalents: What You Need to Know

A typical 25-ounce (750 ml) bottle of table wine holds about 5 standard drinks

If you're a wine drinker and you’re trying to reduce or limit your alcohol consumption, it's important to actually know how many "drinks" are in a bottle of wine. By becoming more aware of a beverage's alcohol content, you can better keep track of your own alcohol intake, too.

What's in a Wine Bottle

A typical 25-ounce (750 ml) bottle of table wine holds about 5 standard drinks, each containing about 5 ounces. A typical serving of wine is about 12% alcohol by volume (ABV), though this can range and is something to be cognizant of.  A 5 ounce serving of 12% ABV wine contains about the same amount of alcohol as a 12-ounce regular beer with 5%ABV, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. 

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Measure it Out

You can get to know what 5 ounces looks like by measuring it out for yourself at home. This is the equivalent of ⅔ cups, try measuring it out and pouring it into your standard wine glass or whatever you plan to drink from. When we drink wine at home it can be easy to pour generously and lose track. Being diligent about how much you’re consuming is a great way to start moderating your intake

This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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