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Drink Size We Pour Ourselves Often Larger Than We Realize, ARG’s Bill Kerr Says

ARG’s Bill Kerr comments on the size of alcoholic drinks we pour for ourselves in a article about the relationship between alcohol and weight gain among women.

The women in the Archives study were served no more than two four-ounce glasses of wine or two 1.5-ounce shots of liquor a day. In real life, you’re likely to be handed far more than that by a bartender or waitress—20 to 45 percent more, according to a 2009 study in the journal Alcohol. And we’re not much better when left to our own devices.

“Eyeballing the right amount is very difficult,” William C. Kerr, a senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, Calif., said. “Most of us don’t even know how much we should be shooting for, so overpouring is typical.”

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