Study: Bars drinks stiffer than one might think

A new study from Public Health Institute's alcohol research group finds that bartenders put a lot more alcohol into common drinks than many people realize.

Researchers visited 80 bars and restaurants in northern California last year and found that glasses of wine and spirits are often 50 percent larger than the standard size used in guidelines.

That means people who follow recommendations about avoiding more than one drink an hour may be getting more alcohol than they bargained for.

Some experts say it's time to redefine what is considered a standard drink because it's inaccurate and out of date.

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