How much is too much alcohol?
The United Kingdom government guidelines for alcohol consumption are given in terms of “alcohol units”. Technically, one unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. But since we drink many kinds of drinks with different alcohol contents, it’s a bit more complicated to calculate your own units. The easiest to remember approximate values are:
- Half a pint or bottle of beer or cider is 1 unit – full pint is 2 units
- Small glass of wine: 125ml is 1.5 units
- Large glass of wine: 250ml is 3 units
- Single measure of spirits: 25ml is 1 unit
Drinkaware has much more information and handy unit calculators for many popular drinks.
The current UK guidelines state that you shouldn’t drink more than 14 units in a week – so that’s about seven pints of beer, or a bottle and half of wine. And you shouldn’t drink all of your weekly units in one go, it’s better to spread them over several days. Other countries have different recommendations.
Am I drinking too much?
Only you yourself can decide that. The guidelines and other information about the health risks of alcohol use can be helpful in deciding how much you want to drink. There are also different tests you can take – we have one you can do online, completely anonymously (see below).
AUDIT: Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
AUDIT is the most commonly used test to quickly find out how harmful your alcohol use is. It was developed by the World Health Organisation, and is used all over the world, by doctors and other health care professionals.
You can click on the link below, answer 10 questions, get your score, and also some advice on your drinking habits. The test is completely anonymous – we will save your answers but have no way of knowing who you are. If you want to save your test results for future reference, you can do so by signing up to Club Soda (it’s all free!) and completing the test on your personal profile page. You can then compare your results over time.
Take the test anonymously