Alcohol and drinking - current daily guidelines for sensible drinking

Female 2-3 units or less
Male 3-4 units or less

Refraining on one day should not mean excess on another. If you choose to drink when you're pregnant (or planning to become pregnant), you should consume no more than 1-2 units of alcohol once or twice a week.

1 unit of alcohol =

half a pint of ordinary strength lager/beer/cider (3.5% ABV)
OR
25 ml pub measure of spirit (40% ABV)
OR
a small glass of wine (9% ABV)


Wine Alcohol

Measure

Number of Drinks
1 2 3 4
  Red 12% vol

125ml std glass

1.5

3

4.5

6

  White 12% vol

125ml std glass

1.5

3

4.5

6

  Champagne 12% vol

125ml std glass

1.5

3

4.5

6

  Vermouth 15% vol

50ml

0.8

1.5

2.3

3

  Sherry 17.5% vol

50ml

0.9

1.8

2.6

3.5

  Port 20% vol

50ml

1

2

3

4

 
Lager/Beer Alcohol

Measure

Number of Drinks
1 2 3 4
  Super Strength 9% vol

440ml can

4

7.9

11.9

15.8

  Premium 5% vol

1pint (568ml)

2.8

5.7

8.5

11.4

  Standard 3.5% vol

1pint (568ml)

2

4

6

8

  Low Alcohol 1% vol

275ml can

0.3

0.6

0.8

1.1


Cider Alcohol

Measure

Number of Drinks
1 2 3 4
  Strong

8.5% vol

275ml bottle

2.3

4.7

7

9.4

  Regular

5% vol

1 pint (568ml)

2.8

5.7

8.5

11.4

 
Spirits Alcohol

Measure

Number of Drinks
1 2 3 4
  Gin 37.5% vol

25ml

0.9

1.9

2.8

3.8

  Whisky/Bourbon 40% vol

25ml

1

2

3

4

  Vodka 37.5% vol

25ml

0.9

1.9

2.8

3.8

  Rum 37.5% vol

25ml

0.9

1.9

2.8

3.8

  Brandy 40% vol

25ml

1

2

3

4

 
Alcopops Alcohol

Measure

Number of Drinks
1 2 3 4
Alcopops 5% vol

330ml bottle

1.7

3.3

5

6.6

Further information

This article published on
01 August 2005

Next review date 01/08/2013

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