unit of alcohol

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unit of alcohol

A measure of alcohol equal to 8 g of pure ethanol, which is roughly a half-pint of beer, a glass of table wine, sherry or port, or one measure (shot) of spirits.

Calculation of Units of Alcohol
Volume of beverage 
X  % alcohol in beverage 
X  0.79 (specific gravity of alcohol)
               = grams of alcohol
divided by 8
              = Unit of alcohol
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The news came just over a year after the Scottish Government set a controversial minimum price of 50p per alcoholic unit.
The move to raise the minimum price of an alcoholic unit from 17p to 50p will start on Merseyside before going nationwide.
They deem that there are only few people, who understand what constitutes an alcoholic unit, the base of the drinking advice, and tell ministers that the guidelines do not seem to change behaviour.
Prof Sir Liam Donaldson is to call for a ban on drinks being sold for less than 50p per alcoholic unit.
"Any hospital can dry out a drunk - the alcoholic unit at Whitchurch, Cardiff, has proved that - but what is needed is a first-class follow up system, to keep the patient on the wagon," he added.
The Government and drinks industry plans to ensure more than 80% of cans and bottles label alcoholic unit content and drinking guidelines by December 2013.
Dr Petra Meier said she would like a minimum rate of 50p per alcoholic unit to be introduced.
Dr Petra Meier, of Sheffield University, said a minimum rate of 50p per alcoholic unit could be introduced without hitting moderate drinkers in the pocket.
Professor Sir Liam Donaldson is reportedly set to call for a ban on drinks being sold for less than 50p per alcoholic unit.
Professor Sir Liam Donaldson is set to call for a ban on drinks being sold for less than 50p per alcoholic unit, it has been reported.
Yet, according to our Chief Medical Officer, the maximum an adult should drink every week before risking serious health problems is 14 alcoholic units. Which translates to one medium glass of wine or one large whisky every day.
Your best bet to stay safe is to stick to the government drinking guidelines of not more than two to three alcoholic units for a woman daily and three to four for a man.