Healthy Peterborough

What do 14 units of alcohol look like?

UK government guidelines state that the alcohol limit for men and women is the same. Both should not regularly drink more than 14 units per week to keep health risks from drinking alcohol low.

If you do drink up to 14 units a week, it's best to spread these evenly across a few days and to have at least two drink-free days a week.

Don't 'save up' your units, best to spread evenly over the week. Use a unit calculator to see how many units you are drinking.

What is a unit?

One unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. Because alcoholic drinks come in different strengths and sizes, units are a way to tell how strong your drink is.  It takes an average adult around an hour to process one unit of alcohol so that there's none left in their bloodstream, although this varies from person to person.


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