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Facts and fables about alcohol: research by Drinkwijzer

  1. Is red wine really good for your health - or at least healthier than, say, a glass of hard liquor? What is meant by that 'standard glass' of alcohol? And does such a standard glass of whiskey contain more or less alcohol than a glass of wine or beer? Drinkwijzer's research aims to educate us about alcohol. That is allowed, because it turns out that there are a lot of misunderstandings around alcohol.

Drink pointer, drink pointer

  1. The research is an initiative of In addition to the research, Drinkwijzer also comes with an app, intended to make people more aware of their own drinking behavior. The conclusion must of course be: responsible alcohol consumption. This 'first drink app in the Netherlands' makes users wiser about their own drinking behavior. The design of the App is playful, but the user will find out the necessary facts and fables when it comes to alcohol.

Better wine every day than whiskey every day?

  1. Only studies focusing on one aspect of health seem to indicate that, for example, red wine is healthy anyway. In general, the health advice remains to drink as little as possible. Now we would like to keep it cozy, and we also like to do that with a drink. Among Dutch people aged 25 and older, more than four in five people, or 84%, sometimes drink an alcoholic drink. However, as a result of the aforementioned one-sided studies, more than three-quarters of the Dutch surveyed have developed the idea that drinking a glass of wine every day is healthier than drinking a glass of whiskey. Just under half of the respondents think that beer and wine are less harmful to health than 'spirits''. Another misunderstanding: over a third or 37% of the participants in the study think (or thought) that two glasses of wine contain the same amount of alcohol as one liqueur.

What is a standard glass?

  1. You know the term: 'standard glass.' But what does that term actually mean? This is a glass that produces a certain standard amount of alcohol. A 'usual amount' is determined separately for each type of drink, and this is translated into the term 'standard glass'. Because that standard glass depends on the alcohol content of the drink in that glass, the following applies: the higher the alcohol percentage, the smaller the glass. That is why so-called spirits are served in a smaller glass than beer or wine. That is an immediate indication: whether you use such a standard glass as a benchmark for whiskey, wine or beer, there is always roughly the same amount of alcohol in such a size.

Glass of distilled or glass of wine?

  1. It appears that few people know that because of the standard measures used, the usual amount served for each type of drink contains about the same amount of alcohol. During the study, six in ten people, or 62%, were not aware that a standard glass of wine, beer, whiskey or gin contains the same amount of alcohol. A very common misunderstanding is that a glass of 'distilled' produces more alcohol per glass than a glass of beer or wine. That is not correct.

The Netherlands must be 'more alcohol-conscious'

  1. It is not only this study that brings the Drinkwijzer organization to the conclusion: There is room for improvement in 'alcohol awareness' in the Netherlands. Our knowledge of the how, why and what needs to increase when it comes to drinking. Who knows what is being drunk and about alcohol levels and the like, it is easier to drink more responsibly. The rule of thumb is: it makes no difference whether you drink beer, spirits or wine. You drink alcohol in moderation. Moreover, there are also reasons to give up alcohol altogether: think of pregnancy or, of course, taking part in traffic.

The investigation: who and what

  1. The study discussed in this article is a representative and independent study commissioned by Drinkwijzer. Drinkwijzer is an initiative of the Association of Dutch Importers and Producers of Spirit Drinks, in collaboration with the Responsible Alcohol Use Foundation (STIVA). The survey was conducted by Panel Wizard among 1071 respondents.

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