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Alcohol: Know your limits

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 25ml shot of 40% spirit.

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

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

3 units = a large 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

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The recommended amount of alcohol adults can drink is:

Men (adults):

  • Maximum of 14 units a week
  • And no more than 3-4 units a day

Women (adults):

  • Maximum of 14 units a week
  • And no more than 2-3 units a day
  • Pregnant women shouldn’t drink any alcohol as even a small amount can harm their baby

It is recommended that all adults have at least 2 alcohol free days per week.

If you are worried about how much alcohol you are drinking or would like further support with reducing your alcohol consumption, you can seek support from an alcohol support service.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your school nurse.

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