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What is a unit of alcohol and how many units should we be drinking per week?



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hey hey everyone fellow Crilley here

pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston

University you may have read it news

recently about new government guidelines

for alcohol intake by men and women

today we're going to look at what those

new guidelines will mean for you in the

past recommendations on alcohol intake

by men and women were different man were

encouraged to drink no more than 21

years of alcohol per week whereas women

were encouraged to drink no more than 14

units of alcohol per week under the new

guidelines men and women are not each

encouraged to drink no more than 14

units of alcohol per week the guidelines

also suggests that we should all have

regular alcohol free days where we're

obviously not drinking any alcohol at

all when it comes to economic the number

of units of alcohol in your favorite

drink it's very easy to do this using a

very simple calculation to work out this

calculation you're going to need to know

two things you're going to need to know

the percentage strength property that

you're having and also the volume that

you're drinking as well if we take for

example a glass of red wine the volume

in the glass is 175 mils and the

percentage strength of the red wine is

13% to calculate the number of units we

therefore take 175 notes we multiply it

by the percentage strength which was 13%

and we then divide that by a thousand

quickly doing that calculation we can

work on it that the number of units in

this glass of red wine is 2.3 units so

you can see that by knowing the amount

of units of alcohol in your favorite

drinks you'll be able to calculate how

many drinks you can have throw away and

therefore make sure that you are well

within the

guidelines the alcohol guidelines also

take into consideration the advice that

should be given to pregnant women and

for those people who are pregnant it is

actually recommended that you drink

absolutely no alcohol during your

pregnancy and instead opt for other

non-alcoholic drinks in the description

of the video I've added a number of

different links to other reference

sources that you might want to check out

and a lot more information about how you

can help to manage your own drinking