Vice Squad
Friday, April 15, 2005
You Drink More Than You Think

Speaking of Medical News Today, another article from them published on US tax day reports that college students underestimate the amount that they drink. Much of the problem has to do with what "one drink" means. For researchers, one drink is 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol), 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol), or 1.5 ounces of spirits (80 proof). But American college kids grew up in a Super Sized world, and they tend to think that bigger volumes constitute one drink. The good news is, once the meaning of a standard drink size is explained to the students, they do a better job of estimating their actual drinking. So students drink more than they think, but they do not drink more than they think, once they take into account that they drink more than they think.

Last May, Vice Squad noted a similar underestimation result from New Zealand.

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