Are you alcohol aware?

Units and daily guidelines

On 9th January the UK Chief Medical Officers changed their guidelines for low risk drinking….. Click here for up to date information UK Government guidelines for sensible levels of drinking for adults define ‘a unit’ or ‘drink’ as 8g (1cl) of pure alcohol and recommend that men and women should not regularly exceed 14 units per week .

How alcohol affects you will depend on your age, size, sex and health. How quickly you drink and whether you’re eating also affects how alcohol is absorbed by the body. Guidelines are daily rather than weekly, as you should not ‘save up’ units and drink heavily at the weekends. Binge drinking over one or two nights a week can lead to health problems and anti-social behaviour. Labels on bottles of alcoholic beverages usually contain information to help you. Icons on the label give the total number of units contained in a bottle or the 7 number of units in a specific standard measure, as well as alcoholic strength.

When not to drink


  • Drink and drive
  • Operate machinery, use electrical equipment or work at heights after drinking
  • Drink heavily before playing sport
  • Drink while on certain medications – ask your doctor if you are unsure
  • Binge drink – it can lead to health and other problems
  • Drink when you are pregnant.

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Alcohol units table

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