Know your units

Government guidelines state that men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. How much you drink may surprise you. Take a look at our quick guide…

Know your units

0.5 UNIT

  • 25ml Schnapps, Malibu

1 UNIT

  • 25ml single measure of spirits (e.g. whisky, gin, vodka, rum, brandy, tequila, Pernod, Cognac, Drambuie, Grand Marnier)
  • 50ml sweet, medium, or dry sherry (e.g. Croft, Harveys Bristol Cream)
  • 50ml Port
  • 50ml Cinzano, Dubonnet, advocaat, Martini
  • 50ml Baileys, Kahlua
  • 50ml Tia Maria, amaretto

1.5 UNITS

  • 35ml large single measure of spirits
  • 50ml Pimm’s
  • 125ml champagne
  • 125ml small glass of wine (12% ABV)
  • 275ml bottle of alcopop  (e.g. Smirnoff Ice, Wkd, Barcardi Breezer, Reef)

2 UNITS

  • 175ml standard glass of wine (12% ABV)
  • 1 pint (568ml) ordinary strength lager, beer, bitter, ale, or cider (e.g. Boddingtons, Tetley’s, Carling, Carlsberg, Foster’s Woodpecker)

2.5 UNITS

  • 1 pint (568ml) Guinness, Caffreys, Magners

3 UNITS

  • 250ml large glass of wine (12% ABV)
  • 1 pint (568ml) strong lager or cider (e.g. Stella Artois, Budweiser, Heineken, Grolsch, Dry Blackthorn, Strongbow

3.5 UNITS

  • 1 pint (568ml) Scrumpy Jack

N.B. This should not be used as a guide to calculate alcohol units for driving. If you’re planning to drive, remain teetotal.

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