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#21
21,993 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by JMorris271
I am pretty sure ta a glass of wine has more tan 1.5 oz. of wine in it?
The guidelines actually define one alcoholic drink as follows:

One alcoholic drink-equivalent is described as containing 14 g (0.6 fl oz) of pure alcohol. The following are reference beverages that are one alcoholic drink-equivalent: 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol), 5 fluid ounces of wine (12% alcohol), or 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol).
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#22
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Joined Jan 2015
The issue here of course, is that the guidelines have no basis in fact. Having lived in Spain for several years, I can vouch for the fact that if the guidelines had any resemblance to reality, every Spaniard woukd be dead by the age of 30!
New evidence now suggest that moderate drinkers live longer than teetotalers. Just off to open my first bottle of wine for the day!

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#23
Las Vegas
12,129 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by K32682
Of course I drink more. 3 oz. a day on a cruise? That wouldn't take me past breakfast.
How much alcohol is there in a Bloody Mary?

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#26
Utah
9,700 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
Originally posted by miamianchor
Is it just me, or do cruisers drink more because the hard liquor has a lower alcohol content than the stuff we're used to ?
Welcome to CC. What "proof" are you basing your comment on?
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#27
Chicago
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Joined May 2014
Originally posted by davekathy
Welcome to CC. What "proof" are you basing your comment on?
I too would be interested in the legitimacy of the claim
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#29
OH
1,110 Posts
Joined May 2017
When I go out on the weekend, I like to have a good amount of drinks. On the cruise ship, it varies from day to day. Buying an expensive drink package, and forcing them down to feel like I got my monies' worth is a waste to me.
#30
Minnesota
554 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
Originally posted by miamianchor
Is it just me, or do cruisers drink more because the hard liquor has a lower alcohol content than the stuff we're used to ?
Where's the 'hook-line-and-sinker' meme. What ever, quite the first post.
#31
Las Vegas
12,129 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by champagne123
1 to 1 1/2 ounces of vodka.
I guess that my breakfast Bloody Mary is around 50% of my alcohol for the day. LOL!!!

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#33
South Carolina
450 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by George C
If you have rccl drink package you can get doubles
Holland America has Happy Hour 2 for 1 from 4 til 5. Wine 2 for 1 from 5 till 6
Happy Hour 2 for 1 from 10 till 11 pm.
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#34
Dallas, Texas
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Joined May 2003
Originally posted by champagne123
Light weight
We have same routine every Sunday have 3 or so bloody Mary’s each with about 3 oz of Smirnoff then order pizza and open a nice bottle of Chianti.
#36
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Joined Aug 2018
Originally posted by davekathy
Welcome to CC. What "proof" are you basing your comment on?
Some friends and I did a taste test using Ketel One vodka purchased on the ship and the same from a bottle smuggled onboard. The bar tender showed us their bottle and it said 80-proof (40% alcohol), but clearly we all could taste the difference. The bottle from home was clearly stronger. We also noticed that we could drink all day and night and would only get a moderate buzz. As one guy put it, "there is no way I can drink five martini's."
Finally the bartender confessed that the alcohol content is lower. It's manufactured that way for sale to bars offering all-inclusives, ladies night specials, two for one drinks, etc. He said they buy that because if they didn't, cruisers, particularly those with booze packages would drink way too much, which of course could lead to everything from alcohol poisoning to fights, etc. He said the only thing that isn't lower alcohol was beer and wine.
#37
Chicago
314 Posts
Joined May 2014
Originally posted by miamianchor
Some friends and I did a taste test using Ketel One vodka purchased on the ship and the same from a bottle smuggled onboard. The bar tender showed us their bottle and it said 80-proof (40% alcohol), but clearly we all could taste the difference. The bottle from home was clearly stronger. We also noticed that we could drink all day and night and would only get a moderate buzz. As one guy put it, "there is no way I can drink five martini's."
Finally the bartender confessed that the alcohol content is lower. It's manufactured that way for sale to bars offering all-inclusives, ladies night specials, two for one drinks, etc. He said they buy that because if they didn't, cruisers, particularly those with booze packages would drink way too much, which of course could lead to everything from alcohol poisoning to fights, etc. He said the only thing that isn't lower alcohol was beer and wine.
I think that bartender was pulling your leg. Many of these cruise lines are based in the US and the penalties would simply not be the risk based on the laws. Also, it's highly unlikely Kettle One is making separate patches of lower proof alcohol yet marking it as higher proof alcohol.
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#38
Laredo, TX
421 Posts
Joined Jan 2014
Originally posted by miamianchor
Some friends and I did a taste test using Ketel One vodka purchased on the ship and the same from a bottle smuggled onboard. The bar tender showed us their bottle and it said 80-proof (40% alcohol), but clearly we all could taste the difference. The bottle from home was clearly stronger.
This likely has more to do with the quality of the spirit rather than the alcohol content.
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#39
Utah
9,700 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
Originally posted by miamianchor
Some friends and I did a taste test using Ketel One vodka purchased on the ship and the same from a bottle smuggled onboard. The bar tender showed us their bottle and it said 80-proof (40% alcohol), but clearly we all could taste the difference. The bottle from home was clearly stronger. We also noticed that we could drink all day and night and would only get a moderate buzz. As one guy put it, "there is no way I can drink five martini's."
Finally the bartender confessed that the alcohol content is lower. It's manufactured that way for sale to bars offering all-inclusives, ladies night specials, two for one drinks, etc. He said they buy that because if they didn't, cruisers, particularly those with booze packages would drink way too much, which of course could lead to everything from alcohol poisoning to fights, etc. He said the only thing that isn't lower alcohol was beer and wine.
Not buying it! What cruise line was this on? If anything it appears the bartender was pouring light shots. You should have stuck with the "smuggled" vodka.
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#40
North West NJ
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Joined Jan 2010
Originally posted by miamianchor
Some friends and I did a taste test using Ketel One vodka purchased on the ship and the same from a bottle smuggled onboard. The bar tender showed us their bottle and it said 80-proof (40% alcohol), but clearly we all could taste the difference. The bottle from home was clearly stronger. We also noticed that we could drink all day and night and would only get a moderate buzz. As one guy put it, "there is no way I can drink five martini's."
Finally the bartender confessed that the alcohol content is lower. It's manufactured that way for sale to bars offering all-inclusives, ladies night specials, two for one drinks, etc. He said they buy that because if they didn't, cruisers, particularly those with booze packages would drink way too much, which of course could lead to everything from alcohol poisoning to fights, etc. He said the only thing that isn't lower alcohol was beer and wine.
Hogwash.