Despite what you may have been told, beer and hard liquor are not the same. The National Beer Wholesalers Association has compiled the following data about the differences between beer and liquor.
A standard Scotch on the rocks is equal to 1.5 beers, a Piña Colada has the alcohol content of more than two beers and a Long Island Iced Tea contains as much alcohol as five to six beers. A bottle of beer is a finished product with a set alcohol content. Hard liquor is a concentrated product whose alcohol content can vary depending on whether it’s mixed with other beverages, or whether the bartender uses a “jigger” to measure. The bottom line is, when you are served a drink made with hard liquor, it is difficult to know how much you are actually getting – it is probably more than the 1.5 oz. recommended serving size.
Most people would agree that it is harder to control the amount of alcohol you consume if you drink hard liquor as opposed to beer or wine and are not fooled by the “a drink is a drink” theory. A recent poll found that more than 50% of adult beverage consumers recognize that a drink is not a drink because liquor is more potent and can be consumed more quickly.
Further, nearly 9 in 10 parents and 87% of Americans polled say teaching young people that “a drink is a drink” is a bad idea because liquor is much worse than beer.
But regardless of what beverage you choose to consume – do so responsibly and in moderation. Never drive drunk, and remember, if you’re under 21 drinking is against the law.