Open Corks

Alcohol Units – woman v men

Regularly drinking too much alcohol can cause long term damage to your body. It is therefore important to be aware of the damage alcohol abuse can bring about and what the recommended guidelines are for safe alcohol consumption. This article is written in conjunction with well man clinic and well women clinic here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.

Old safe alcohol consumption guidelines

Until recently, the recommended guidelines for safe alcohol consumption gave the following advice for men and women:

  • Men – a limit of 21 units of alcohol per week. It is recommended men drink no more than four units per day, and that they should have a minimum of two alcohol-free days each week.
  • Women – a limit of 14 units of alcohol per week. It is recommended men drink no more than three units per day, and that they should have a minimum of two alcohol-free days each week.
  • Pregnant women – The Department of Health recommends that pregnant women or women trying to conceive should refrain completely from consuming alcohol. As a minimum,women who fall into these categories should not drink any more than one-to-two units of alcohol only once or twice per week.

Recent change to safe alcohol consumption guidelines for men

In January 2016, the chief medical officer for the UK has issued new guideline instructions for men, following increased concern about alcohol consumption and the increased risk of developing cancer. The rate for men was set at 21 units per week, as opposed to 14 units for women. It now mirrors the rate for women.

In terms of measurements, one unit of alcohol is 10 ml (1 cl) by volume, or 8 g by weight, of pure alcohol.