How many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is?

With so many different drinks and glass sizes, from shots to pints, to bottles it can be confusing to know how many units are in your drink.

The NHS advise men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week.*

Units can significantly vary depending on the drink, for example:

One single measure of spirits = one unit

One pint of beer or cider = two units

One 440ml can of super strength lager = four units

One bottle of wine = nine units

Alcohol is a depressant, meaning that it disrupts chemical messages in your brain that control your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.

If you are worried that you are exceeding 14 units a week on a regular basis, or your feelings towards alcohol are becoming unhealthy, there are many things you can do to support yourself and those around you.

✍️ Keep a diary of how much you are drinking. Note when you drank, why you did it and how much you drank.

🧑‍💻 Visit the website to take a free alcohol addiction quiz to assess if your drinking is becoming problematic.

👋 Contact us! Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS) can help to support you with a plan to limit your drinking. Everyone has a different reason as to why they have reached their breaking point. It could be a breakdown in relationships, finance, work or wanting to improve your overall quality of life. Whatever the reason, you can refer yourself or a loved one to get the help you need. Visit

We are here to help you, not matter how difficult your life has become. Talk to us as soon as you can.

*Spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week. Always consult your GP or alcohol support team.