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It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on how much alcohol you consume. Over the past few years, the amount of alcohol in drinks has changed and in most cases increased.
Most beers had about 4% and wine was about 8% alcohol by volume. So we said half a pint of beer and a small glass of wine were both equivalent to one unit. Some wines now have up to 15% alcohol and beers can pack over 8% alcohol that can result in people underestimating their average alcohol intent by quite a lot.
As different drinks have different amounts of alcohol, measured using “alcohol by volume” or AVB, the unit system was invented to make it easier to keep track of how much alcohol you consume.
The “units” formula is also used and is far more accurate and takes into account what you’re drinking.
Number of units = volume in ml x percentage ABV
For example – a pint of a beer like Heineken is approximately 550 millilitres and has 5 percent alcohol. That means your pint of beer is 2.75 or two and three quarter units.
This formula works with any alcoholic drink and can easily be used with a calculator on a phone. To find out the ABV or alcohol by volume measure just look at the bottle label and check how big your glass is at the bar.
Try not to exceed the recommended daily intake of 4 units for men and 3 for women as heavy drinking can do serious damage to your body. If you do drink, it’s less damaging to drink small amounts regularly rather than a large amount all at once.
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