How Many Ounces Are in a Can of Beer?


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A standard can of beer is 12 ounces and consists of approximately 5 percent alcohol. Beer also comes in larger cans of 16, 24, or 40 ounces.

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A standard glass of wine consists of 5 ounces and contains approximately 12 percent alcohol. One serving of liquor is only 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits and can be 40 percent alcohol. Malt liquor normally comes in servings of 8 to 9 ounces with 7 percent alcohol. Knowing the standard serving size and alcohol content of each type of drink is recommended by the National Institutes of Health. Nearly 88,000 people die of alcohol-related causes each year in the United States.

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