Alcohol Units

So, we keep hearing about 'Units' of alcohol. We know how many we should be drinking and that the government are trying to introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit, but what is a unit and how can we work out how many we should be drinking?

Put simply, a unit of alcohol refers to how strong the drink is.

One unit = 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol.*

This is the amount of alcohol the average healthy adult can process in one hour.

There is a nice little formula for calculating the number of units in a drink, which is;

Strength (ABV) x Volume (ml) ÷ 1,000 = units.

For example;

If a beer is 5.2% abv and a pint is 568ml.

5.2 (%) x 568 (ml) ÷ 1,000 = 2.95 units.

In the left hand column, we include a unit calculator to help you work it out. It also gives you an approximation of how much the minimum price would be under the minimum pricing legislation currently being debated in parliament.

For example, with a minimum price of 50p per unit, a pint of 5.2% beer should cost at least £1.48.

This legislation is aimed at stopping the supermarkets from selling cut-price beer which is blamed for binge drinking and pre-loading. It is not supposed to affect the pub prices.
If you know a pub regularly selling 5.2% beers for less than £1.48, please let us know.

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