When you bottle feed your baby, your entire life revolves around ounces. I donâ€™t think I really understood what a fluid ounce looked like before I had Henry â€“ and was constantly filling up bottles.
The other day, I was writing a freelance piece on what qualifies as a â€˜healthyâ€™ amount of wine. Alcohol can actually reduce your risk of heart disease and some other ailments if you drink in moderation and if you arenâ€™t predisposed to other diseases and if your body responses well to alcohol (thatâ€™s a lot of ifs, so the conclusion of my piece as that itâ€™s probably better to just focus on diet and exercise if you want to be healthierâ€¦ dammit).
According to the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you drink, you should stick to one drink a day if youâ€™re female and two a day if youâ€™re male. What counts as â€˜one drink?â€™
12 fluid ounces of regular beer
1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits
5 fluid ounces of white/red wine
When I read that, I thought, â€œDamn, only 5 ounces of wine? Thatâ€™s not a lot!â€ So I decided to see exactly what 5 ounces of wine looks like in a variety of glasses.
I may be mistaken (sorry, not a sommelier!), but from left to right: a pinot noir glass, a shiraz glass, a champagne flute, and an inexpensive, standard wine glass.
First, hereâ€™s five ounces of wine.
That looks so wrong. Donâ€™t worry, I scrubbed that bottle so thoroughly after this experiment!
In the two large red glasses:
Oh man. So tiny.
In the other glasses:
The container you drink out of sure does make a difference, doesnâ€™t it? This may explain why Iâ€™ve been waking up with a slight hangover â€“ I prefer those bigger glasses and definitely overfill them. Now I know the imaginary â€˜lineâ€™ that I should be aiming for when I savor my favorite reds.
Henry is going to stick to his favorite variation of white for now.