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How Much Is Safe To Drink?

The amount of alcohol you drink is measured in units

Understanding units helps you keep track of how much alcohol you’re drinking.

1 unit = 10mls of pure alcohol, which means half a pint of beer or 1 single short of spirits.

1.5 units = a small glass of wine or a bottle of alcopops

2 units = a bottle of beer or a medium size glass of wine

3 units = a big glass of wine

9 units = a bottle of wine

Always check the strength of the alcohol as some stronger drinks contain more units.

Recommended Limits For Alcohol

The recommended amount of alcohol adults can drink is:

  • Maximum of 21 units a week for adult men
  • And no more that 3-4 units a day
  • Maximum of 14 units a week for adult women
  • And no more than 2-3 units a day
  • 2 alcohol free days per week
  • Pregnant women shouldn’t drink any alcohol as even a small amount can harm their baby

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