How Much Alcohol Does NyQuil Have?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses the alcohol content of liquid Nyquil.


How much alcohol does NyQuil contain (exactly)?

Asked by Ben On Jan 11, 2018

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Medical Content Reviewed By PharmacistAnswers Staff

On Jan 13, 2018

Original NyQuil Liquid contains 10 percent alcohol by volume. Keep in mind that there are a variety of NyQuil products, not all of which contain alcohol. NyQuil is available in the following formulations (with alcohol percentage in parenthesis):

  • NyQuil Liquid (10% alcohol)
  • NyQuil LiquiCaps (Alcohol free)
  • Alcohol-Free NyQuil Cold & Flu (Alcohol free)
  • NyQuil HBP (10% alcohol)
  • NyQuil Severe (10% alcohol)
  • Nyquil Cough (10% alcohol)

To put the alcohol content of NyQuil products in context, below is a list of alcoholic beverages and their average alcohol content:

  • Beer (4-6% alcohol)
  • Wine  (11-12% alcohol)
  • Liquor (30-50% alcohol)

Based on the percentages above, taking one dose (30 ml) of NyQuil liquid would provide a similar amount of alcohol to a small shot of wine.

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