A few drinks with friends can be a good laugh but having lots of alcohol on a regular basis has massive downsides - and we're not just talking hangovers and empty wallets! Drinking too much can have serious effects on both your physical and mental health.
That's why it's important to understand how units work and the effects that alcohol can have on your body and mind.
One unit of alcohol is around 10ml of pure alcohol. It takes the average adult around an hour to process a unit, so it'll be 60 minutes before the alcohol has left your bloodstream.
So what does one unit look like?
- Around a third of a pint of regular strength cider
- Just over half a small (125ml) glass of wine
- A shot (25ml) of vodka, whiskey or other 40% proof spirit
- Around half a pint of regular strength beer
- One standard sized bottle of alcopop
And how much should you be drinking?
- For men, it's recommended that you drink no more than three to four units a day.
- For women, it's recommended that you drink no more than two to three units a day.