Do you drink too much?

A drink or two can help you relax after a long day, but, depending on exactly what you're drinking, if you do this regularly you could be drinking more than the recommended sensible levels without realising it.

The recommended limit of alcohol for women is no more than two to three units a day. Just one pint of strong lager or a large glass of wine can be three units.

How much is a unit?

  • a pint of standard lager, beer, cider – 2.3 units
  • a pint of strong lager, beer, cider – 2.8 units
  • a glass of spirits (25ml) – 1 unit
  • a 175ml glass of wine – 2 units
  • a 250ml glass of wine – 3 units
  • a glass of spirits (25ml) – 1 unit
  • bottle of alcopops – 1.4 units
  • a bottle of wine – 10 units

What if I drink more?

If you regularly drink more than two to three units a day, you have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and mouth and throat cancer.

In 2011 there were 8,748 alcohol-related deaths in the UK, around a third of them in women.

Drinking more than the recommended limit is also linked to:

Cutting down could reduce your risk.

The good news

If you have been drinking more than is recommended, reducing your drinking to bring it back within the sensible limits for regular drinking does reduce the risks to your future health.


Find out about alcohol effects and get tips for cutting down.





Media last reviewed: 08/04/2013

Next review due: 08/04/2015

Page last reviewed: 11/12/2013

Next review due: 11/12/2015


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