Alcohol Content of Common Beverages

Bottles of alcoholic drinks

Beverage % Alcohol by Volume Typical Serving Size Alcohol in Typical Serving Size
Regular Beer 5% 12 ounces .60 ounces
Light Beer 4% 12 ounces .48 ounces
Table Wine 12% 5 ounces .60 ounces
Wine Cooler 5% 12 ounces .60 ounces
Vodka 40% 1.25 ounces .50 ounces
Gin 40% 1.25 ounces .50 ounces
Rum 40% 1.25 ounces .50 ounces
Tequila 40% 1.25 ounces .50 ounces
Bourbon 40% 1.25 ounces .50 ounces
Scotch 40% 1.25 ounces .50 ounces

This table shows the approximate alcohol content in typical servings of common alcoholic beverages. The figures shown are averages for all brands. The actual amount of alcohol in any type of drink varies somewhat from brand to brand.

Everyone processes alcohol differently. For an idea of how alcoholic beverages could influence your blood alcohol content, learn how BAC is calculated.