Editor, Daily Nexus,

Maura O’Brien thinks she knows everything there is to know about alcohol, drugs and partying, right? Wrong. In O’Brien’s effort to clear up misconceptions (“Students Shouldn’t Buy the Myths Surrounding Alcohol Use,” Daily Nexus, May 13, 2003), she unfortunately perpetuated a myth that I have found to be one of the most widely believed. She stated that 1 ounce of hard liquor is equal to 12 ounces of beer or 4 ounces of wine.


It’s actually 1.5 ounces of hard liquor that shares equivalencies with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine. Granted, this is assuming that the liquor is 80 proof, and some are higher. However, the majority of the stuff that’s available and people drink is of the 80 proof variety. So, all you who drink hard out there, be sure to add that extra half ounce to your drink or shot glass.