Alcohol: How many units are in my drink?

Updated: Jul 15


This is a quick guide to units and calories in the most common alcoholic drinks.


Working out your alcohol unit intake can sometimes be tricky, especially when there is such a range of alcoholic drinks of different strengths available. Make sure you read the label to establish the ABV percentage of a drink, as this indicates the alcohol content. Remember, the stronger the alcohol the higher the calories, so choosing lower strength alcoholic drinks can be very helpful in keeping you to your alcohol and calorie target.


If you have a usual tipple of choice, we recommend you work out its unit and calorie content so that it's easier to keep count through out the week. You can use online calculators to measure the units and calories by visiting expert sites such as the Drinkaware website.


Red Wine

11% ABV

  • Small Glass (125ml) - 1.4 units, 100 calories

  • Medium glass (175ml) - 1.9 units, 140 calories

  • Large glass (250ml) - 2.8 units, 200 calories


14% ABV

  • Small glass (125ml) - 1.8 units, 125 calories

  • Medium glass (175ml) - 2.4 units, 175 calories

  • Large glass (250ml) - 3.5 units 250 calories



White wine

11% ABV

  • Small glass (125 ml) - 1.4 units, 94 calories

  • Medium glass (175ml) - 1.9 units, 131 calories

  • Large glass (250ml) - 2.8 units, 188 calories


14% ABV

  • Small glass (125ml) - 1.8 units, 124 calories

  • Medium glass (175ml) - 2.4 units, 175 calories

  • Large glass (250ml) - 3.5 units, 250 calories


Beer

4% ABV

  • Pint (568ml) - 2.3 units, 182 calories

  • 1/2 Pint (284ml) - 1.1 units, 91 calories

  • Small Bottle (330ml) - 1.3 units, 106 calories

5% ABV

  • Pint (568ml) - 2.8 units, 244 calories

  • 1/2 Pint (284ml) - 1.4 units, 122 calories

  • Small bottle (330ml) - 1.6 units, 142 calories


Cider

4.5% ABV

  • Pint (568ml) - 2.6 units, 216 calories

  • 1/2 Pint (284ml) - 1.3 units, 108 calories

  • Double size beer bottle (660ml) - 3 units, 251 calories


Spirits

40% ABV

  • Single average shot (25ml) - 1 unit, 61 calories

  • Single Gin & Tonic - 0.9 units, 108 calories

  • Single Rum & Coke - 1 unit, 130 calories

  • Single Vodka & Coke - 0.9 units, 120 calories


Cocktails
  • Margarita - 3.8 units, 170 calories

  • Mojito - 2 units, 168 calories

  • Strawberry Daiquiri (37ml) - 1.9 units, 135 calories


Alcopops
  • WKD (275 ml) - 1.1 units, 228 calories

  • Bacardi Breezer (275ml) - 1.1 units, 179 calories

  • Smirnoff Ice (275ml) - 1.1 units, 176 calories



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