How many units are we really drinking?

Wednesday 17th September

Here in the UK we are well-known as a nation of drinkers, a reputation reflected in our Health of the Nation survey. Despite medical professionals recommending that men drink 6 – 8 units of alcohol per week, and women 4 – 6 units, we discovered that ‘Mr Average’ actually drinks around 13.6 units per week. ‘Mrs Average’, on the other hand, fared slightly better, but still came in over the recommendation with an intake of 8.4 units per week. Below is a visual representation of how many units of alcohol is in different drinks, and their associated calories.

How many alcohol units and calories are in your favourite drinks infographic 

 

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Drink

Units

Calories

Ale

1.4 per 500ml bottle

250

Lager

1.7 per 330ml bottle

142

Cider

1.3 units per 330ml bottle

142

Wine

 

 

Did you know that a large glass of wine contains as many calories as a Cornetto? *All figures based on 12% wine.

Drink

Units

Calories

Red

1.5 per small (125ml) glass

90 per 125ml

 

3 per large (250ml) glass

180 per 250ml

White

1.5 per small (125ml) glass

95 per 125ml

 

3 per large (250ml) glass

190 per 250ml

Rose

1.5 per small (125ml) glass

90 per 125ml

 

3 per large (250ml) glass

180 per 250ml

Spirits

 

 

Did you know that gin was once drunk as a medicine for gout and indigestion?

Drink

Units

Calories

Vodka

0.9 per single (25ml)

120 with coke

Gin

1 per single (25ml)

120 with tonic

Rum

1 per single (25ml)

130 with coke

Liqueur

 

 

Drink

Units

Calories

Amaretto

1 per serving (37ml)

97

Cointreau

1 per serving (37ml)

80

Irish cream

0.6 per serving (37ml)

130

Cocktails

 

 

Did you know that most of the calorie content found in cocktails comes from the sugar?

Drink

Units

Calories

Strawberry Daiquiri

1.9

135

Margarita

3.8

168

Mojito

2

170

Shots

 

 

Drink

Units

Calories

Sambuca

1 per shot

107

Jägermeister

1 per shot

107

Jägerbomb

1 per shot

170

Alcopops

Drink

Units

Calories

Bacardi Breezer

1.1 per 275ml bottle

 179

Smirnoff Ice

1.1 per 275ml bottle

 176

WKD

1.1 per 275ml bottle

 228

 

Sources:

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Alcohol_guide_for_freshers

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/10/the-bluffers-guide-to-alcoholic-drinks/

http://www.thegrocer.co.uk

http://cocktails.about.com/od/spirits/a/learn_liqueurs.htm

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/alcohol-units.aspx

http://www.marstons.co.uk/beers/

http://www.dietweightloss.co.uk/calories-in-wine.htm

http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=s1737

http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Mothers-Ruin/

http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/generic/jager-bomb_23737/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/325943-the-calories-in-a-margarita-drink/

 

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