HOW DOES YOUR WEEKLY DRINKING ADD UP?

It's recommended that you don't drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread out over at least 3 days, to keep the risks from alcohol low.

But where do you start?

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HOW MANY DRINKS IS THAT?

Here are a few examples of what 14 units could look like:

6

PINTS
568ml at 4% ABV

6 pints of medium strength beer, lager or cider

OR
7

MEASURES
50ml at 40% ABV

7 double measures of spirits

OR
6

GLASSES
175ml at 13% ABV

6 medium glasses of wine

STICK TO A MAXIMUM OF 14 UNITS A WEEK

When it comes to drinking alcohol, almost all of us could do with cutting down. After all, it's not just expensive, alcohol can also increase our risk of bowel, breast and mouth cancers.

The number of units is the same for men and women, cocktail connoisseurs and beer-drinkers alike.

But 14 units can look a little different depending on what your favourite tipple is.

PREFER A BIT OF A MIX?

If you tend to mix and match your drinks, then this tool can help you see what 14 units could look like for you. Just select the drinks you regularly have in a week. Then hit ‘show me’ to see how your 14 units could be split up.

Pints of beer/lager

Glasses of wine

Pints of cider

Liqueurs

Cans of beer/lager

Pre-mixed cans

Glasses of prosecco

Spirits

Bottles of beer/lager

THE MID-WEEK MATCH

THE LONG WEEKEND

THE FRIDAY PAYDAY

THE PUB QUIZ

KEEP COUNT OF YOUR DRINKING DAYS

If you are drinking around 14 units a week, then don't save up all your units for one day. This increases your risk of accidents and injuries. It's safer and healthier to spread out your drinking over at least 3 days, and to have some days without any alcohol.

To find out more, go to:
www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/alcohol

Here are some ways to split up your alcohol intake over the week to stay that bit healthier. Or to see how many units you've had this week, give our drinks calculator a try.

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