UK Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Did you know that the UK and other countries have drinking guidelines? If you didn’t you are not alone. According to this article published on 45% of the survey participants were unaware the guidelines existed or what they were.

The UK’s Drinking Guidelines for Healthy Adults are:

  • 3-4 units for men per day
  • 2-3 units for women per day
  • units should not be ‘saved up’ in order to drink heavily on weekends (sometimes known as binge drinking)

This is not 3 or 4 beverages a day for men, this is 3 or 4 UNITs. A unit is 8g or 10 ml of pure alcohol – that is half a pint of average strength beer, or a single shot of vodka – a 175ml glass of wine at 12% will contain 2 units. A pint of medium strength lager, beer, or cider equals 3 units. A large glass of wine also equals 3 units.

For more information on the UK drinking guidelines and how units are figured see here.

Employers can help their employees drink responsibly by providing information to their workers on the drinking guidelines as part of their overall workplace alcohol policy.

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