The UK Government defines daily sensible drinking as:
Men should not regularly consume more than: 3-4 units of alcohol
Women should not reguarly consume more than: 2-3 units of alcohol
1 unit: 25ml measure of spirit (40% alcohol), 50ml glass of sherry, port or vermouth (20% alcohol), ½ pint beer, cider or lager (3.5% alcohol)
1.5 units: 125ml glass of wine (12% alcohol)
2 units: 175ml glass of wine (12% alcohol), 1 pint beer, lager or cider (3.5% alcohol)
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You may have noticed a change to our wine labels as we introduced allergen information. Egg and milk proteins are commonly used to fine/clarify wines during the wine making process. Under new EU legislation we are obliged to label these allergens as well sulphites when they are used in our wines accordingly:
Allergens: Contains egg*, milk * and sulphites
* Used during clarification
Note: The egg and milk proteins are removed during processing and are unlikely to cause an effect to milk or egg allergic individuals.
- Try mixing wine with sparkling water to make a spritzer - you’ll drink less alcohol but still enjoy a drink.
- Swap to bottled beers instead of pints to cut down on the amount you drink.
- Swap to a lower alcohol strength drink such as the Waitrose Low Alcohol Cider.
- You don’t have to finish a bottle of wine - replace screw top or use a stopper. Wine will keep for around three days.
- Check the size of your wine glasses. A small glass of wine is 125ml. Measures poured at home tend to be more generous so go easy!
- Invest in a spirit measure so you don’t overpour, and try having a long gin and tonic with a 25cl measure instead of a glass of wine
- Try having a number of alcohol free days every week
- For a great alternative to cocktails, try the occasional mocktail. Follow this link to some great recipes, cocktail search
- For a great alternative to red wine try Waitrose Merlot Grape Juice.
Except for 16 and 17 year olds having a drink with a meal in a pub or licensed premises, it's against the law for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence, supermarket or other outlet, or for anyone to buy alcohol in a pub or off licence for someone under 18.