Alcohol Guidelines for Drinking Safely

It’s worth knowing what the alcohol guidelines are for drinking safely.

Many of us like a drink, some of us get drunk regularly, but how much is considered a safe limit for our bodies?

You’ve most likely seen information on units and ml of ethanol in drinks which weren’t necessarily that simple to understand.

The safe recommended amounts here are displayed in terms of drinks as this makes more sense to everyone.

Men’s recommended weekly amounts

The recommended alcohol drinking limit per week for men is the equivalent to 21 units which is approximately:

Beer drinking men

A pint is 562ml. For metric measurements, a 500ml glass is also referred to as a pint.

So the recommended alcohol limits per week are:

– 9 pints of normal strength beer at 4-5% alcohol

– 10,5 pints for weaker beers at 3 or 4%

– 7-8 pints of stronger beer at around 6%

If you only drink halves, double the above figures.

Remember fellas, this is per week not per night!


Wine drinking men

If drinking with a normal 125ml glass of wine, these are the recommended limits per week:

– 14 glasses per week of 12% content wine

For fortified wine, life port or sherry: Using a 50ml measure as a basis.

– 21 measures per week at 20% content

Spirits drinking men

On the basis of a small 25ml shot of vodka, gin, whisky, tequila, rum, the recommended weekly amounts are:

– 21 measures of a single shot of spirits

– 10,5 measures of doubles

Seems pretty easy to go over these limits!

I’d better chill on the drinking myself actually.

This doesn’t mean you if you go and drink 9 pints in one night once a week it’s all hunky dory!

Guidelines for daily drinking limits are recommended too. Read on..

Alcohol Guidelines for Drinking Safely

Drinkers need to know what the alcohol guidelines are for drinking safely.

If you drink regularly and especially if you get hangovers, you should probably find out how much is considered a recommended daily limit of alcohol.

Here are the guidelines for daily drinking so you can check your limits per day.

Daily Recommended Amounts

The daily limit for men is 4 units which is approximately:

– 2 pints of any strength beer (6% content beer and below, less if it’s higher in content)

– 3 glasses per day of 12% content wine

For fortified wine, life port or sherry:

Using a 50ml measure as a basis.

– 4 measures per day at 20% content

For spirits on the basis of a small 25ml shot of vodka, gin, whisky, tequila, rum:

– 4 measures of a single shot of spirits

– 2 measures of doubles

The recommended daily alcohol limit for safe drinking for women is 3 units which is approximately:

– 1.5 pints of any strength beer (6% content beer and below, less if it’s higher in content)

– 2.5 glasses per day of 12% content wine

For fortified wine, life port or sherry:

Using a 50ml measure as a basis.

– 3 measures per day at 20% content

For spirits, on the basis of a small 25ml shot of vodka, gin, whisky, tequila, rum:

– 3 measures of a single shot of spirits

Many of us like a drink but what are the alcohol guidelines and how much is considered a safe weekly limit for ladies?

The recommended amounts or drinking limits are here in normal language, as in glasses, shots and pints lingo.

Yes there are loads of ladies who drink beer!

Ladies Recommended Weekly Amounts

The recommended alcohol limits per week for ladies is 14 units which is approximately:


If you’re a lady beer drinker

– 6 pints of normal strength beer at 4-5% alcohol

– 7 pints for weaker beers at 3 or 4%

– 5 pints of stronger beer at around 6%

If you only drink halves, double the above figures.

Remember, these are the drinking limits per week, not per day!


Wine drinking ladies

If drinking with a normal 125ml glass of wine, these are the safe drinking limits:

– 9-10 glasses per week of 12% content wine

For fortified wine, life port or sherry:Using a 50ml measure as a basis.

– 14 measures per week at 20% alcohol content

Per week!


Spirits drinking ladies

On the basis of a small 25ml shot of vodka, gin, whisky, tequila, rum this is what the limit is per week:

– 14 measures of a single shot of spirits

– 7 measures of doubles

Again, this doesn’t mean you can safely down 14 shots in one go and it’s healthy! Easy now.

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