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.