How much is too much alcohol?

How much is too much alcohol?

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines say that, for both women and men, it's safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

If you regularly drink alcohol as many as 14 units per week, it's best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days rather than ‘saving up’ and drinking them all on one occasion.

What counts as Binge drinking?

Because everybody processes alcohol differently, it’s difficult to say exactly how many units in one session counts as binge drinking. 

The Office for National Statistics defines it as drinking more than eight units in one session for men, and more than six units in one session for women.

To put this into perspective, six units is equivalent to:

  • Between two to three 175ml glasses of wine (13% ABV)
  • Between two to three pints of beer (4% ABV)

We can not stress enough to please drink responsibly - your health is important.

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