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# The Red Cup

So, the first thing you should realize... The Red Cup is

## Big!

The typical red cup is 18 oz. (previously 16 oz. but many stores are phasing out 16 oz. cups in favor of these larger versions.)

To give that some perspective:
Let's say you've had 3 Red Cups of beer, how many "drinks" have you had?
The Answer: Depends. If you have a 4.5 % alcohol beer then you've had 4.5 drinks for your 3 Red Cups. But let's say you are drinking a 6.75% alcohol beer (there are many of them, check here) you've just consumed ~7 alcohol drinks for your 3 Red Cups
The problem is compounded when hard alcohol is used. Let's say you make a mixed drink that is half hard alcohol / half juice in a Red Cup....
The drink you just made is not one standard drink!
In that one red cup, there are SIX drinks!
Stanford University - Office of Alcohol Policy and Education