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How Much Can You Drink?
According to a research conducted by British scientists, a man who consumes every day eight alcoholic units and more, or a woman who consumes six or more alcoholic units are potential alcoholics. In general (although it depends on weight, age and health conditions) it's not advisable to consume per week more than 21 units for men and 14 units for women. But what is an alcoholic unit?
In the United Kingdom, one unit contains eight grams of pure alcohol. Simple calculations show that one until is equivalent to:
- - 190ml of 4.2% (regular beer)
- - 89ml of 9% ( strong beer)
- - 64ml of 12.5% (red wine)
- - 47ml of 17% (fortified wine/liqueur)
- - 20ml of 40% (vodka/whisky)
If we translate these to glasses and bottles, we'll find that:
- - one bottle of regular bear (4.2%, 330 ml) contains 1.7 units (do not drink more than two six-packs per week)
- - one small glass of wine (12.5%, 175ml) contains 2.7 units (do not drink more than 8 glasses of wine per week)
- - one regular bottle of wine (12.5%, 750ml) contains 11.7 units (and two bottles of red wine already leave you in a prohibited category with their 23.4 units)
- - one regular bottle of vodka(40%, 500ml) contains 25 units (and you are certainly guilty if you drink one bottle of vodka every week)
Interestingly, the official health recommendations regarding alcohol are different in different countries. The most "relaxed" guidelines are in France, where authorities do not see anything wrong if you consume almost twice as much as in UK. Other countries where alcohol is viewed as less of a health hazard are Italy, Japan and Australia. Ireland and United States are among countries where governments express most concerns for the effect of drinking on your health.