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Approximate units of alcohol in some popular drinks

The table below lists the approximate number of units in popular alcoholic drinks. Please note that the figures are based on typical strengths for the drinks shown; actual strengths vary from one brand to another. Bear in mind also that 'measures' poured at home are often much larger than the standard pub measures shown.

Drink

Units

Beer, lager, stout  
Ordinary strength (4 % abv)  
Bottle (330 ml)

1.3

Can (440 ml)

1.8

Pint (568 ml)

2.3

Premium strength (5 % abv)  
Bottle (330 ml)

1.7

Can (440 ml)

2.2

Pint (568 ml)

2.8

Lager
Super strength (9 % abv)  
Bottle (330 ml)

3

Can (440 ml)

4

Pint (568 ml)

5.1

Cider   
Ordinary strength (6 % abv)  
Bottle (330 ml)

2

Can (440 ml)

2.6

Pint (568 ml)

3.4

Strong (9 % abv)  
Bottle (330 ml)

3

Can (440 ml)

4

Pint (568 ml)

5.1

Wine, red or white (13 % abv)  
Standard glass (175 ml)

2.3

Large glass (250 ml)

3.2

Gin, rum, vodka, whisky (40 % abv)  
Small measure (25 ml)

1

Large measure (35 ml)

1.4

Sherry, port (20 % abv)  
Standard measure (50 ml)

1

Alcopops (5 % abv)  
Bottle (275 ml)

1.4

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