Government guidelines for safe alcohol intake per week are 21 units for men and 14 units for women. Those of us who choose to drink are advised to drink sensibly and in moderation – that is consumption of up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
Alcohol should not be consumed by pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescents and those who take medications which may interact with alcohol.
Alcoholic beverages should be avoided by persons engaged in activities which require co-ordination and attention such as operating machinery and driving.
How much is a Unit?
* ½ a pint of ordinary beer or lager
* ⅓ pint of strong beer or lager
* 1 x 25 ml measure of spirit
* 1x 125 ml of wine
* 1 x 275 ml bottle of Alco pop = 1.5 units
Don’t drink and drive
The legal limit in UK is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. However, any amount of alcohol affects your ability to work and drive.
The effects can include
• Slower reactions
• Increased stopping distances
• Poor judgement of distance and speed
There is no fail safe guide on how to stay under the legal alcohol limit. The only safe option is not to drink when you plan to drive. Never offer any person who is driving a drink.
The Morning After
The morning after you drink you might still be over the legal limit to drive / work. You could lose your license or go to prison if you are found to be over the legal alcohol limit. Its impossible to get rid of alcohol faster, trying to sober up with a shower, coffee or other ways; will not bring the blood alcohol level down.