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Units Explained

You may be drinking more than 14 units a week.

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With so many different drinks and sizes available it is easy to get confused about how many units you are drinking.

Many of us underestimate the risks we are taking because we underestimate how much we are really drinking.

Whether you enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner, a beer while relaxing on the sofa, or if you prefer going out for a few drinks – keeping track of the amount you’re drinking often slips your mind.

A single alcoholic drink usually has more than one unit of alcohol in it and can contain up to three units.

14 units – the recommend weekly guidelines for both men and women – is equivalent to six pints of standard strength beer or six glasses of wine.

2 UNITS
Standard glass of wine

(175ml, 12%)

3 UNITS
Large glass of wine

(250ml, 12%)

2 UNITS
Regular strength lager, beer or cider

(1 Pint, 3.6%)

3 UNITS
Premium lager, beer or cider

(1 Pint, 5.2%)

1.5 UNITS
Alcopop

(275ml, 5.5%)

1 UNITS
Single measure of spirit

(25ml, 40%)

2 UNITS
Double measure of spirit

(50ml, 40%)

1.5 UNITS
Glass of Champagne or Prosecco

(125ml)