Think you know it all about alcohol? Being informed on your drinking habits is so important, so we’ve got the knowledge you need to stay safe and happy on your next night out.
A lot of people think that a pint and a measure of spirits are the same in terms of standard drinks, and subsequently don’t adjust their drinking habits depending on the type of alcohol they’re having.
If you thought this too, you’re not alone; a 2012 report by the Health Research Board (HRB) found that less than 1 in 10 people can correctly identify the number of standard drinks in different measures of alcohol.
In Ireland, a standard drink contains roughly 10 grams of pure alcohol, which takes the average person about an hour to process. According to DrinkAware, a standard drink translates to a half pint of stout/lager/cider, a small (100ml) glass of wine or a standard pub measure (35.5ml) of spirits.
Remember this when drinking at home; the amount you get in a bar might not be the same as the amount you pour yourself.
As well as this, different countries have different measures of what they consider a ‘standard drink’. In Ireland, a pub measure of spirits, at 35.5ml, is considered one standard drink, but in the UK, a 25ml measure is defined as one drink.
In Ireland, a standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol, but in Austria, a standard drink contains 20 grams. Know your measures when heading on holidays so that you don’t get a rude awakening.
Men and women
In Ireland, there are low-risk guidelines for both men and women on how much they can drink in a week. For men, they can drink up to 17 standard drinks per week. For women, it’s up to 11 standard drinks per week.
Don’t ever try to ‘keep up’ with the people you’re with while drinking – know your own limits and stick to them.
For both sexes, the drinks should be spaced out over the course of the week, with at least two alcohol-free days. These limits don’t apply to teenagers, pregnant women, or ill or run down people. They are advised to avoid alcohol altogether.
Many people who are watching their weight will swap beer or cider for wine or spirits in an effort to curb the calories. But this isn’t always as effective as you’d think.
According to reports, a pint of beer/stout contains roughly 210 calories and a pint of cider contains 230, whereas a large glass of wine (187.5ml) contains 200 calories, with white and red wine having roughly equal calorie levels.
A measure of spirits (35.5ml) contains 55 calories and that’s not containing the mixer you’d have with it. If you’re trying to keep your calories down while drinking, the only real method is to cut back on alcohol in general.
So there you have it! Where you shocked with any of these facts? I know we were!
For more interesting facts and to know your limits when it comes to alcohol. Visit Diageo’s Stay Yourself Campaign for more information: http://www.stay-yourself.eu/