So what is a Unit?
Lots of people talk about units of alcohol and how many units is considered safe but what does it all actually mean? Recalling how many drinks you may have had is one thing but knowing how much alcohol you have been consuming is something very different.
The amount of alcohol in a drink is measured in UNITS.
A UNIT is the equivalent of 10ml of pure alochol (the amount of alcohol the body can eliminate in approximately one hour). The number of units in a drink depends on what you are drinking, how strong it is and how much there is.
So, for example, a bottle of wine could be 13% ABV (Alcohol By Volume). This means that 13% of the amount of liquid in that bottle is alcohol.
Please remember that this is a GUIDE - the number of units in a drink depends on the strength and volume of what you drink.
- 1 Pint of 3.5 % Beer 2 Units
- 1 Pint of 4% Lager 2.3 Units
- 1 Pint of 5 % Beer/Lager/Cider 2.8 Units
- 1 Can (440ml) of 9% Lager 4 Units
- 1 Bottle (330ml) of 5% Lager/Beer 1.7 Units
- 1 x 125ml glass of 12% Wine 1.5 Units
- 1 x 175ml glass of 12% Wine 2.1 Units
- 1 x 250ml glass of 12% Wine 3 Units
- 1 x 750ml Bottle of 12 % Wine 9 Units
- 1 x 35ml measure of 40% Spirits 1.4 units
- 1 x 25ml measure of 40% Spirits 1 units
- 1 x 275ml Bottle 'Alcopop' 5% 1.4 Units