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Information about units

Alcohol is so widely used that we can sometimes forget the harm it can cause if we don’t stick within sensible limits. The government’s guideline limits are as follows:

Men: No more than 14 units a week spread over 3 or more days.

Women: No more than 14 units a week spread over 3 or more days.

Everyone needs several alcohol-free days each week. These guidelines are for adults and there is no known ‘safe amount’ for under 18s.

What’s in a unit?

• ½ pint of beer (4% proof) = 1.1 units

• ½ pint of beer (5% proof) = 1.4 units

• Small 125ml glass of wine (12% proof) = 1.5 units

• Large 175ml glass of wine (12% proof) = 3.5 units

• 25ml spirits (40% proof) = 1 unit

• 35ml spirits (40% proof) = 1.4 units

Work out how much you had to drink using the Drinkaware unit calculator.

It will show you the number of alcohol units and calories you had and also give you personalised feedback about how likely you are to be at risk from the effects of alcohol.