Equalization: Not All Alcohol is the Same


Do you know how much alcohol is in a mixed drink compared to a beer? About the same? A little more? A lot more? The answer depends on the drink. Scientific research and the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans tells us that no two mixed drinks are the same.

For more than 200 years, U.S. policymakers have recognized the significant differences between beer and hard liquor, and that laws and regulations governing the two products should be different. The false notion that “a drink is a drink,” commonly referred to as “standard drink,” is easily dispelled with a careful look at the facts. Beer and hard liquor are not made, served, consumed or absorbed in the body the same.

Beer Institute Position

The Beer Institute wants to ensure that accurate and applicable moderate drinking guidance is being provided to consumers through public health advice, government literature and policy documents. 

Click here to read the Beer Institute’s press release issued on the release of the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Additional Resources

Recent Dietary Guidelines Comments

To learn more about the Beer Institute and the Brewer's Association's comments on the recently issued Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC Report), download the below PDF.


Research Shows Not All Alcohol is the Same

See all the research showing that not all alcohol is the same.