What are you drinking?

What are you drinking?

  • What is an alcohol beverage?

    An alcohol beverage is simply any drink that contains more than a minimal amount of ethanol or ethyl alcohol. Beer, wine, and spirits all start with a process called fermentation, which is the natural result of yeast digestion of the sugars found in ingredients like fruit, cereal grains, or other starches. Fermentation results in two substances:  ethanol and carbon dioxide. Ethanol is the alcohol people drink, but there are other types of alcohol that may be harmful or even fatal… read more

  • How much alcohol is in my drink?

    The amount of alcohol in your drink is determined by the concentration of alcohol in the product you choose and the size of your drink. Drink strength. Drinks vary considerably in their alcohol concentration or strength. Different countries measure alcohol strength in different ways. In most places, the concentration is measured as the percentage of pure alcohol in the product by its volume. This measure is called alcohol by volume, or ABV. In some countries, this percentage is also called “degrees” of… read more

  • The nutrition story

    Some people think that drinks are empty calories, but that is not the whole story. Beer, wine, and spirits do have calories. There are about 7 calories in one gram of pure ethanol. There may be additional calories in your drink from flavorings, residual or added sugars, and proteins. Calories from alcohol are not as efficiently metabolized as those from food, and the question of whether or not light drinking increases obesity is unclear. Still, you should consider the calories you receive from… read more

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