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Do You Actually Know How Much Alcohol You're Drinking?

The UK government recommends that you drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. But what does that actually mean?

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  1. 1. What actually is one unit?

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    1ml of pure alcohol
    10ml of pure alcohol
    25ml of pure alcohol
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Ten millilitres of sweet, sweet ethanol.

  2. 2. How many units in one pint of ordinary 4% lager, such as Foster's?

    According to the DrinkAware units calculator.
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    According to the DrinkAware units calculator.

    1
    2
    3
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    So you could drink seven a week without going over the limit.

  3. 3. How many units in 175ml glass of ordinary 13% red wine?

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    1.5
    1.8
    2.3
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Six 175ml glasses adds up to roughly your 14 unit limit.

  4. 4. Which of these is closest to 14 units of alcohol?

    Sixteen single Jägerbombs
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    Sixteen single Jägerbombs
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    Nine pints of Stella Artois
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    Nine pints of Stella Artois
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    Two bottles of Wolf Blass chardonnay
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    Two bottles of Wolf Blass chardonnay
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sixteen 25ml shots of Jäger (35%) adds up to 14.4 units, while two bottles of the Wolf Blass (13.5%) are 20.2 and the Stellas are 24.3.

  5. 5. How many units are in an Old Fashioned?

    Made to the International Bartenders Association recipe, that is.
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    Made to the International Bartenders Association recipe, that is.

    1.2
    1.8
    3.5
    4.7
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's 45ml of whiskey or bourbon.

  6. 6. How many units are in a mojito?

    That's 40ml of rum.
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    That's 40ml of rum.

    1.6
    3.2
    3.6
    4
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A piddling four shots of rum in that one.

  7. 7. How many units are in one Long Island Ice Tea?

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    1
    3
    5
    10
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's 15ml gin, 15ml vodka, 15ml tequila and 15ml cointreau.

  8. 8. How many days should it take you to drink a six-litre keg of Leffe Blonde (6.6%) if you’re drinking on your own?

    According to government guidelines, at least.

    According to government guidelines, at least.

    10
    15
    20
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a solid 39.6 units.

  9. 9. How many units are in a 700ml bottle of Glenfiddich 12-year-old single malt whisky?

    Glenfiddich
    25
    28
    32
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 700ml and 40%, so 28 units.

  10. 10. How many bottles of WKD Blue can you drink in a week without going over the recommended limit?

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    10
    12
    13
    15
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They're 1.1 units each, so 12 = 13.2 units.

  11. 11. How many units does James Bond drink in Casino Royale?

    To help you out, he has six and a half Vesper martinis, half a bottle of champagne (and another glass), and a bottle of beer.
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    To help you out, he has six and a half Vesper martinis, half a bottle of champagne (and another glass), and a bottle of beer.

    13
    18
    26
    32
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Twenty-six – the most of any Bond film. The least is Licence to Kill, at just four units.

  12. 12. After a rough day, you have a double whisky (50ml) in front of Gogglebox. Are you over the limit?

    You don't put ice in the scotch, of course, because you're not a monster.
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    You don't put ice in the scotch, of course, because you're not a monster.

    Under
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    Under
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    Over
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    Over
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You would squeak in at precisely 2.0 units.

  13. 13. You have a quiet week. Are you over or under the limit?

    You stay in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, have a large glass of 12% wine on Thursday, go out for a quick drink after work – three pints of Stella – on Friday. You stay in on Saturday and watch Take Me Out but you go for a pub lunch on Sunday and have two pints of Guinness. What do you reckon?
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    You stay in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, have a large glass of 12% wine on Thursday, go out for a quick drink after work – three pints of Stella – on Friday. You stay in on Saturday and watch Take Me Out but you go for a pub lunch on Sunday and have two pints of Guinness. What do you reckon?

    Under
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    Under
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    Over
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Just over – 15.8 units. That's 8.1 for the Stellas, 4.6 for the Guinnesses and 3.1 for the wine.

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