Not sure if you’re drinking too much? Stick to the Government guidelines and keep your health risks low.

HOW MUCH IS A UNIT?

A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol. That’s about the same as half a pint of lager (ABV 3.6%) or a single measure of spirits (25ml, ABV 40%). A small glass of wine (125ml, ABV 12%) contains about 1.5 units of alcohol.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON ALCOHOL

To keep the health risks of drinking to a low level, the Government guidelines advise:

  • not to regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week
  • if you do drink as much as 14 units a week, it’s best to spread this evenly over three days or more
  • if you’re trying to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, it’s a good idea to have several alcohol-free days each week
  • if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink any alcohol at all.

You can find out more about the Government’s guidelines on alcohol here.