Choosing Alcohol Levels in Drinks September 14 2014

There are alcoholic beverages that have lowered amounts of alcohol available if you’re trying to cut down on your alcohol intake. There are also alcohol free drinks that are reasonable facsimiles of drinks that usually contain alcohol.

There are some particularities with choosing these drinks that you should know about if you want to use these drinks as a strategy for avoiding Asian flushing. It can actually work quite well if you understand how the different types of reduced alcohol drinks are categorized. 

Lite Beer

Lite beer typically has a lower alcohol by volume percentage than full strength beer. Some of these beers are actually very popular choices, even among people who aren’t trying to lower their amount of alcohol per drink.

In the United States, a light beer typically has around 4.2% alcohol by volume. A regular beer, by comparison, has 5% alcohol by volume.

Three-Two Beer

Three-two beer, or 3.2 beer, will have even lower alcohol content that a light beer, with approximately 4.2% alcohol by volume. The 3.2 figure is actually a different measure, alcohol by weight.

Non-Alcoholic Beer

Nonalcoholic beer is actually popular right now, and you should be able to pick up a bottle at any bar you visit. There are brands that are almost as visible as the regular beer brands on the market. 


Wine is usually around 12% to 15% alcohol by volume. Where wine and beverages based on wine – wine coolers, for instance – are concerned, you can just check the alcohol content and choose one with a lower percentage. There are some vintages out there that have relatively low percentages, particularly when you get into white wine.


Where liquor is concerned, you can look at the label to determine how much alcohol it has by volume. With liquor, the answer to that question is generally going to be “a lot”, but most liquors are added to other drinks, so the amount of alcohol you take in per drink is roughly equivalent to drinking a glass of wine or a bottle of beer.

Remember that whiskey, vodka, liqueur and other beverages are likely to be very high in alcohol content, so these are the drinks you want to avoid if you’re trying to cut down on your intake. Drinking 3.2 beer all night and then having a shot of whiskey is likely to get your alcohol content up to a level you are trying to avoid.

Some low alcohol beverages are very good, and well worth trying. You might find that you like them aside from the fact that they have a lowered alcohol content.

Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).