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How much alcohol is in your drink?


Did you have a few drinks as you watched the baseball game Thursday night?  If so, you may have had more alcohol than you realized.

It used to be that no matter what you were drinking one serving had five percent alcohol content.  But those days are long gone. 

Talking about craft beer, Wes Fike said, "it's kind of unique in it's own way.  Every one kinda has it's own flavor.  Interesting to try different things."

In recent years, the microbrews have grown in popularity.  Mariah Fairweather at Whole Foods in Mishawaka said, "Our craft beers are very popular, as I mentioned, our Three Floyds can barely stay on the shelf."

At Whole Foods they stock dozens of locally brewed beers.  And these beers are different than your typical mass produced brand name.  "Many of our beers have higher alcohol content anywhere from 7 percent to 9 10 percent.  Many are like Founders Scotch ale that's almost 10 percent," said Fairweather.

Those who drink craft beer say they know there's more alcohol but that's not why they enjoy it.  "It's higher but it doesn't really bother me I just go for the taste," said Fike.

And it's not just craft beer, these days all kinds of alcoholic beverages have more than the standard 5 percent alcohol content.  Tim Williams with Mishawaka Police said there's nothing wrong with enjoying these kinds of drinks but you do need to be careful.  "The golden rule where people say I can have one or two may not be the case anymore."  Because one or two may have the alcohol content of three or four.

"If you are out you're drinking something you find out it has a higher concentration then start thinking about who can I call to take me home instead of I think I can drink," said Williams.

Another tip, just ask about your bartender.  "It would be a good idea to say hey that new beer what's the concentration of the alcohol in it," said Williams, "That way when you're out there you can gauge what you can drink or if your gonna use that designated driver."

Whole Foods said they do teach consumers about all their craft beer.  They'll often have craft beer tasting's where they bring in the brewers to explain the alcohol content, how it's brewed, and why it's brewed that way.



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