of alcoholic beverages
go, 19.76 grams of ethanol.
Regulations promulgated under the Weights and Measures Act of 1985 require:
- Draft beer and cider may only be sold in quantities of 1/3 pint, ½ pint,
or multiples of ½ pint. A stamped glass or, alternatively, a stamped measuring
instrument must be used.
- Gin, rum, vodka and whiskey may only be sold in quantities of 25
milliliters or 35 mL, or multiples thereof. A notice must be displayed on the
premises stating on what amount the drinks are based. A stamped “thimble”
(shot glass to Americans) must be used to measure the drink, or alternatively,
stamped measuring instruments. These requirements don't apply if a customer
asks for a different amount as part of a mixture of liquids. or if the drink
contains 3 or more liquids, whether or not the customer requests it.
- Other spirits need not be sold by defined quantities. If, however, the
premise's menu or signage indicates a quantity, the drink must be measured, in
SI units, with stamped measures or instruments.
- Wine sold by the glass may only be sold in quantities of 125 mL or 175 mL.
Stamped glasses may be used, a stamped measure, or stamped apparatus. A sign
must be displayed saying on which quantity the servings are based.
- Wine sold in carafes may only be sold in quantities of 250 mL, 500 mL, 750
mL or 1 liter. The requirement does not apply to wine pre-packed in a sealed
container (for example, a bottle of wine). Equipment or measures used to
determine the quantity must be stamped.
Stamped glasses are a feature of British pub life. The stamp is a
picture of a crown, with a measure (such as "pint") above it and a number below.
A stamped brim glass is meant to be filled to the brim. A stamped lined
glass has a line; the glass is filled to the line. Stamped wine glasses
are always of the lined type.
A standard publication of the U. S. Dept of Agriculture/U.S. Dept. of Health
and Human Services states:
“Count as a drink:
- 12 ounces of regular beer (150 calories)
- 5 ounces of wine (100 calories)
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (100 calories)”
U. S. Dept of Agriculture/U.S. Dept. of Health and Human
Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 4th edition.
Washington, DC: USGPO, 1995.
Repeated in the fifth edition (2000).
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