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Updated 16 October 2013

US drinks becoming more potent

A glass of wine in an American restaurant may be 50% more potent than patrons think, experts warn.

Thanks to rising alcohol levels in wine and beer, the drinks served in bars and restaurants are often more potent than people realize, a new report shows.

The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association released the new report.

Drink in moderation

The USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans say people who drink should do so in moderation, which means one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men.

As a result, one glass of wine may actually contain about 50% more alcohol than a person had bargained for.

"The dietary guidelines aren't very useful," said Pandina, who was not involved in the report. "They don't parallel the drinking habits of the American public."

For more about standard drink sizes, visit the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

 
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