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Alcohol doesn’t just affect you it affects the whole family

Drinks Calculator

Use the MyDrinkaware calculator below to help you calculate the number of calories and units in your drink.

Calories

Wine, beer, cider and spirits are made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar. Being high in sugar means alcohol contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram – almost as many as pure fat! Remember, that an average man needs around 2,500 calories a day and an average woman needs 2,000 calories a day.

Units

The amount of alcohol contained in a drink can be measured in units. One unit equals 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol, which is around the amount of alcohol the average adult can process in an hour. This means that within an hour there should be, in theory, little or no alcohol left in the blood of an adult, although this will vary from person to person.

The NHS recommends:

Men shouldn’t regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day.

Women shouldn’t regularly drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol a day.

‘Regularly’ means drinking these amounts every day or most days of the week.