Are you heading to Wimbledon this weekend? Check out our tips
on safe drinking
It’s the last weekend of Wimbledon. Will
you be partaking in strawberries and Pimm’s? Read our tips on safe
Guidelines for alcohol consumption
Here are the government’s current lower-risk guidelines for
• Try to drink no more than two to three units of alcohol
regularly per day for women.
• Try to drink no more than three to four units regularly per
day for men.
‘Regular drinking’ means drinking every day or on most days.
Drinking more than the lower-risk unit guidance can damage your
Guide to units of alcohol
It’s important to try to watch how many units of alcohol you
consume. Different drinks have different amounts. Here’s a guide to
help you to remember*:
- A single shot (25ml) of spirits is 1 unit.
- A large, single shot (35ml) of spirits is 1.4 units.
- A small glass (125ml) of wine is 1.5 units.
- A standard glass (175ml) of wine is 2.1 units.
- A large glass (250ml) of wine is 3 units.
- A bottle of lager, beer or cider is 1.7 units.
- A can of lager, beer or cider is 2 units.
- A pint of lower strength larger, beer or cider is 2 units.
- A pint of higher strength lager, beer or cider is 3 units.
- A bottle of alcopop is 1.5 units.
Alcohol acts as a diuretic (a substance which removes fluid from
the body). Excessive drinking leads to dehydration which can lead
to headache symptoms and feeling unwell. Ideally, try to moderate
your drinking. Binge drinking is also harmful, so saving up your
number of units from the week for one day is not advisable.
- Don't drink on an empty stomach! Have a meal that includes
carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) or fats. These will help slow
down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
- Dark-coloured drinks contain natural chemicals called congeners
(impurities), which irritate blood vessels and tissue in the brain
and can make a hangover worse. Some people are more sensitive to
them than others, so watch out if this applies to you.
- Have a glass of water or a non-fizzy soft drink in between each
alcoholic drink to keep you hydrated. Carbonated (fizzy) drinks
speed up the absorption of alcohol into your system.
- Drink a pint or so of water before you go to sleep and keep a
glass of water by the bed to sip if you wake up during the
The best solution is of course, to drink sensibly.
* This unit guide was taken from the NHS choices website.