Alcohol Guidelines

Alcohol Guidelines and Unit Table   

*It should also be remembered that the guideline number of units should not be ‘saved up’ to be consumed in one day.

Key

ABV = Alcohol by Volume

Males

Per Week – 21 Units

Average Per Day 3 Units

Females

Per Week – 14 Units

Average Per Day 2 Units

How to Calculate Units

The math is straightforward:

Take the quantity in millimetres, multiply it by the ABV (expressed as a percentage) and divide by 1,000

1 unit

Single, Small Shot of Spirits (25ml, ABV 40%)

Bottle of ‘Low Alcohol’ Beer/Cider (330ml, ABV 2%)

Can of ‘Low Alcohol’ Beer/Cider (440ml, ABV 2%)

Pint of ‘Low Alcohol’ Beer/Cider (568ml, ABV 2%)

1.5 unit

Alcopop (275ml, ABV 5.5%)

Small Glass of Red/White/Rose Wine (125ml, ABV 12%)

Cider (Half Pint, ABV 5.3%)

Pimms (ABV 25%)

2 unit

Litre of ‘Low Alcohol’ Beer/Cider (1000ml, ABV 2%)

Double, Shot of Spirits (50ml, ABV 40%)

Can of Beer/Cider (440ml, ABV 4.5%)

Bottle of Lager Beer/Ale Beer/Cider (330ml, ABV 5%)

Standard Glass of Red/White/Rose Wine (175ml, ABV 12%)

Champagne (175ml, ABV 11.5%)

Small Glass of Red/White/Rose Wine (125ml, ABV 14%)

2.5 unit

Ale Beer, (Pint, ABV 4%)

Lager Beer, (Pint, ABV 4%)

White Wine (175ml, ABV 13%)

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Standard Glass of Red/White/Rose Wine (175ml, ABV 14%)

3 unit

Lager Beer (Pint, ABV 5%)

Cider (Pint, ABV 5.3%)

Bottle ‘Super-Strength’ Beer and Cider (330ml, ABV 9%)

Large Glass of Red/White/Rose Wine (250ml, ABV 12%)

3.5 unit

Large Glass of Red/White/Rose Wine (250ml, ABV 14%)

Cider (Pint, ABV 6%)

4 unit

Can ‘Super-Strength’ Beer and Cider (440ml, ABV 9%)

5 unit

Pint ‘Super-Strength’ Beer and Cider (568ml, ABV 9%)

6 unit

Litre of Beer/Cider (1000ml, ABV 6%)

9 unit

Litre ‘Super-Strength’ Beer and Cider (1000ml, ABV 9%)

Bottle of Red/White/Rose Wine (750ml, ABV 12%)

10.5 unit

Bottle of Red/White/Rose Wine (750ml, ABV 14%)