How many units of alcohol are you drinking?
There tends to be a strong drinking culture amongst University students, but are you aware of how much alcohol you are actually consuming?
Alcohol may be enjoyable that night, but often not the next morning when your antics are being discussed for all the wrong reasons, or you've got an awful headache!
Adults are advised to not drink more than 14 units per week and to spread this out (this is equal to six pints of average strength beer or seven small glasses of wine). We all know alcohol consumption can be bad for our health, especially if done in excessive amounts.
But do you know how many units are in each drink? Test yourself and your friends...
(Answers are below)
1 pint of strong larger - 3 units
A single measure of whiskey - 1 unit
A standard bottle of alcopop - 1.5 units
Bottle of champagne - 9 units
Bottle of vodka - 37.5 units
A large glass of wine - 3 units
Bottle of cider - 7.5 units
Standard long island ice tea - 5 units
Double vodka & red bull - 2 units
You can now work out how many units you consume on a night out. If this is more than 14, then you know it might be a good idea to cut down. Great alternatives are mocktails and to avoid the pre-drinks - saving yourself until you get to the bar will help lower your unit consumption.
Nights out with your friends can be great fun, just remember to drink responsibly!
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