'Count 14' Campaign

How does your drinking add up?

The recommended alcohol limits

With guidelines stating that men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week to reduce the risk of harm, the 'Count 14' campaign has been developed to demonstrate what 14 units actually means in terms of alcoholic drinks.

A unit is the best way to describe the quantity of pure alcohol in a drink. Fourteen units is the equivalent of:

  • Six pints of medium strength beer, lager or cider (4 per cent ABV, 568ml)
  • Six medium glasses of wine (13 per cent ABV, 175ml)
  • Seven double measures of spirits (40 per cent ABV, 50ml)

The guidelines also highlight that if people do regularly drink around 14 units a week, it should be spread over three days or more – with some alcohol-free days – to reduce the risk of developing health problems.

To find out how your weekly drinking adds up, visit the 'Count 14' website.


Posted: 9 April 2019