With many of us enjoying some alcoholic beverages over the summer, it’s questionable whether we really know what a unit of alcohol is.
An alcohol unit is defined as 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. Due to alcohol coming in numerous strengths and sizes, units are the only way to accurately measure the strength of a drink and its affects on our bodies.
According to the Drinkaware website, “it takes an average adult around an hour to process one unit of alcohol so that there’s none left in their bloodstream, although it varies from person to person.”
So basically, a 284ml half pint of beer which contains 3.8 per cent of alcohol volume lager equals 1.1 units- so that means a full pint is just over two units.
If you are a wine drinker, a “small” 125ml glass will work out as roughly 1.4 units. Meanwhile, a shot of spirits- since it will usually contain 40 per cent of alcohol is one unit exactly.
In order to keep health problems at bay, men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week. This advice comes direct from the UK Government.
Historically, the Government advised men to not drink more than 56 units of alcohol a week. This was then reduced to 36, then to 28 units. At the beginning of 2016 this was then reduced to a more acceptable average of 14 units. When this was implemented, the Chief Medical Officer explained the safe level of drinking and any health benefits of drinking were “an old wives tale”.
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