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Alcohol limits

What are the recommended limits of alcohol drinking?

According to the National Health Service sensible drinking limits are defined as:

  • No more than 21 units of alcohol per week (and no more than four units in any one day) for adult males.
  • No more than 14 units of alcohol per week (and no more than three units in any one day) for adult females.

The more you drink above these limits, the greater the risk of developing serious problems.

Binge drinking

What is the definition of binge drinking?

The NHS defines binge drinking as ‘drinking eight or more units of alcohol in one session if you are a man and more than six units in one session if you are a woman’. (Source nhsdirect.nhs.uk)

What is a unit of alcohol?

Beers & lagers

Beverage Example Measure Units
Standard beer - 3.5% volume
Stones, Tetley
1 pint (568 ml)
2
Standard lager - 4% volume
Carling, John Smith's 1 pint (568 ml)
2.3
Premium beer/lager - 5% volume
Stella Artois, Pedigree 1 pint (568 ml)
2.8
Premium beer/lager - 5% volume
Heineken, Budweiser, Grolsch 330ml bottle
1.7
Super strength lager - 9% volume
Tennant's Super
440ml can
4

Cider

Beverage Example Measure Units
Regular cider – 5% volume
Strongbow, Blackthorne
1 pint (568 ml)
2.9
Strong cider – 8.5% volume
White Lightning 275ml bottle
2.3

Spirits

Beverage Example Measure Units
Vodka - 37.5% volume Smirnoff 25ml 1
Rum - 40% volume Captain Morgan 25ml 1
Rum - 37.5% volume Bacardi 25ml 1
Whisky - 40% volume Jack Daniel's, Jameson 25ml 1
Bourbon - 40% volume Jim Beam 25ml 1
Tequila - 38% volume Sierra Tequila 25ml 1
Amaretto - 28% volume Disaronno Originale 25ml 0.7
Gin - 37.5% volume Gordon’s Gin 25ml 1
Scotch - 40% volume Famous Grouse, Bell's 25ml 1
Brandy - 40% volume Napolean 25ml 1
Liquor - 26.5% volume Tia Maria 25ml 0.8
Liquor - 40% volume Aftershock 25ml 1
Schnapps - 23% volume Archers 25ml 0.6

Wine, Champagne and fortified wine

Beverage Example Measure Units
Sparkling Perry - 7.5% volume
Lambrini
125ml glass
1
Wine - 9.5% volume
Hock 125ml glass
1.2
Wine - 11% volume
Black Tower 125ml glass
1.4
Champagne - 12% volume
Moet & Chandon 125ml glass
1.5
Sherry - 17.5 % volume
Harvey’s Bristol Cream
50ml glass
0.9
Port - 20% volume Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port 50ml glass 1
Vermouth - 15% volume Martini 50ml glass 0.8

Alcopops (ready to drink)

Beverage (5% Vol) Measure Units
Smirnoff Ice
275ml bottle
1.5
VK (all varieties) 275ml bottle
1.5
Hooch (all varieties) 275ml bottle
1.5
Bacardi Breezer (all varieties) 275ml bottle
1.5
Reef (all varieties) 275ml bottle
1.5
Archers Aqua (all varieties) 275ml bottle 1.5
WKD (all varieties) 275ml bottle 1.5
Mike’s Hard Lemonade 275ml bottle 1.5

 

How to measure a unit of alcohol

To calculate the number of units of alcohol in a given volume of drink:

%ABV x volume (ml)
1000

For example:

A 25ml shot of 40% Aftershock would equal:

40 x 25
1000
= 1 unit

A 125ml glass of 12% wine would equal:

12 x 125
1000
= 1.5 units

 

 
 

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