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Does a heavy drink s gram weight vary by type?

Based on the information available, the weight of a drink in grams does not vary by type, as the weight is a physical property determined by the amount of substance present. However, the alcohol content and caloric content can vary significantly between different types of drinks.

A standard drink, as defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, contains 14 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol, regardless of the type of beverage [1]. This means that a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, and a 1.5-ounce shot of distilled spirits all contain approximately the same amount of pure alcohol and thus the same weight.

However, it is important to note that different types of alcoholic beverages can have varying caloric contents. For example, a 12-ounce beer typically contains around 150 calories, while a 5-ounce glass of wine contains approximately 120 calories. A 1.5-ounce shot of distilled spirits, on the other hand, contains about 100 calories [2].

In summary, while the weight of a drink does not vary by type, the alcohol content and caloric content can differ significantly. It is important to be aware of these differences when consuming alcoholic beverages.


1. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.). What is a standard drink? Retrieved from <>
2. Mayo Clinic. (2021, February 12). Alcohol: Weighing the pros and cons. Retrieved from <>
3. DrugPatentWatch. (n.d.). Alcoholic beverages. Retrieved from <>

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