Test your alcohol IQ
Latest government guidelines recommend both men and women stick to a maximum of 14 alcoholic units spread over a week – here’s what you need to know…
- The 14-unit-a-week rule was introduced to lower the risk of cancer. Many cancers are now linked to alcohol intake. For example, a daily 175ml glass of wine raises your risk of breast cancer by two per cent.
- One unit is not always the same as one glass. Each of the following is a single unit: 76ml 13 per cent abv wine, 218ml 4.5 per cent cider, 25ml 40 per cent whiskey, 259ml four per cent beer, and one bottle of four per cent alcopop.
- There are three units in one large (250ml) glass of wine.
- It takes the average adult around one hour to process one unit of alcohol.
- Binge drinking – defined as six or more units in one session – significantly increases systolic blood pressure, in turn raising your risk of heart disease and stroke.