Do you know your alcohol units?
Alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness.
This week has been Alcohol Awareness Week. At the beginning of the week I did a little poll on my Instagram stories to see what people knew about the number of units in alcohol. Here’s what I found:
I don’t know what you think of these results but I’m not surprised by them. So here’s a bit of info to fill the gaps for those of you who don’t know all the numbers.
60% of people who answered knew what the upper recommended limit for the number of units you should drink in a week is.
The upper limit recommended a person consumes in the UK is 14 units. Read on to find out what that is in actual drinks. By the way, the limits have changed. They used to be different for men and women but now they are the same.
44% of people know how many units of alcohol are in each drink serving.
One unit of alcohol equates to 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol, which is around the amount of alcohol the average adult can process in an hour. In the pub this is the same as a 25ml serving of most spirits, Remember that many pubs now serve 35ml as a standard shot. There are 1.6 units in a small 125ml measure of wine, 2.3 units in a pint of 4% lager, and 1.5 units in an alcopop.
55% of people know how many units you can legally drink and then drive.
With regard to driving, this is a tricky one. The limit is actually the amount of alcohol you have in your blood, alcohol or urine. For blood it’s 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, so you can see that this makes it difficult to guess when you’re drinking whether you’re over the limit or not. It’s affected by so many other things – what you’ve eaten, how stressed you are, your weight and your gender etc, and even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect you. Better safe than sorry – if you know you need to drive just don’t drink.
Only 34% of people said they felt confident not drinking on a night out with friends. This equates to 66% of people feeling uncomfortable not drinking along with their mates.
There is so much pressure to drink alcohol on a night out with friends too. You say you’re not drinking and then you get asked why, what’s wrong, and then if you say you just don’t want to you are the brunt of the jokes for the night. Unless people suddenly realise that you’re their taxi for the night then you’re the best lol. By the way, you don’t have to make excuses. If you don’t want to drink then don’t. You’ll be the one feeling fresh as a daisy then next morning and then who will be laughing!
68% of people know where to go if they need help with their alcohol consumption.
In these crazy times it is unsurprising that the amount of alcohol being consumed at home is increasing. If you do feel like you have concerns and would like some advice and information the following organisations are there for you:
You can also find more information on the NHS website.
Please note: This post is intended to be general information and any figures correct at the time of writing. As always, please see a registered professional before making any changes.