The term “unit of alcohol” is used to define the amount of pure alcohol in a glass or bottle of alcoholic beverage. As a point of reference, the WHO (World Health Organisation) has established a unit of alcohol as 10 grams of pure alcohol.
There is no “hard” alcohol or “soft” alcohol. It’s the quantity of pure alcohol in the bloodstream that counts. On average, a healthy person eliminates 0.10 grams of pure alcohol per litre of blood in one hour.
Low-risk consumption thresholds recommended by health authorities in many countries.
NB. 1 unit = 10g pure alcohol
Beware: Units of alcohol may vary by country
The important thing is to know how many units are in your glass and adjust your consumption accordingly.
Units of alcohol vary according to country
|10 grams||WHO, Australia, Austria, France, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Spain|
|8 grams||United Kingdom|
|9.9 grams||The Netherlands|
|12 grams||Denmark, South Africa, Italy, Switzerland, Germany|
|14 grams||United States, Portugal|