New alcohol guidelines: How much is 14 units?

Men and women are advised to drink no more than 14 units per week

No level of drinking is safe, according to the first full new alcohol guildelines to be issued in two decades.

The UK's chief medical officer has fully reviewed alcohol guidelines issued in 1995, and reduced the recommended maxium number of limits to 14 for both men and women per week. Previously, men were told they could safely drink 21 units. 

The guidelines also warn pregnant women that they should aim to abstain from drinking entirely, when they were previously told they could safely drink one or two units a week at most. 

Below, we outline how what the 14 unit limit is equivalent to. 

One unit of alcohol (10ml) is the equivalent to:

A single measure of spirits (ABV 37.5%); half a pint of average-strength (4%) lager; two-thirds of a 125ml glass of average-strength (12%) wine; half a 175ml glass of average-strength (12%) wine; a third of a 250ml glass of average-strength (12%) wine.

14 units of alcohol equal:

14 single measures of spirits (ABV 37.5%); seven pints of average-strength (4%) lager; nine and one-third 125ml glasses of average-strength (12%) wine; seven 175ml glasses of average-strength (12%) wine; four and two-thirds 250ml glasses of average-strength (12%) wine.



For low-alcohol wines (11% ABV), 14 units equals:

Just over one and a half bottles; five 250ml glasses; around seven 175ml glasses; 10 125ml glasses.

For high-alcohol wines (14% ABV), 14 units equals:

One and a third bottles; four 250ml glasses; around six 175ml glasses; just under eight 125ml glasses.



For low-alcohol lagers (3.8% ABV), 14 units equals:

Just over eight 440ml cans; just over six pints; five and a half 660ml bottles.

For high-alcohol lagers (5.2% ABV), 14 units equals:

Six 440ml cans; around four and a half pints; just over four 660ml bottles.

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