不過，這項調查顯示，英國整體的酒精消耗量可能下降。 慈善機構"關注酒精"的發言人說，過去20年以來，中產階級家庭酗酒的情況不斷惡化，幾乎是每天都喝。 一些反對酗酒人士呼籲增加酒精類飲料的徵稅，以壓抑酗酒的情況。 不過，葡萄酒與烈酒商會的發言人說，數據顯示酗酒的情況減緩，表明大部分人更理智地喝酒，這證明增加酒精類飲料的徵稅是不適當的。 這名發言人說，不應該因為少部分人的酗酒習慣而讓大部分人受到懲罰。
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Britain a unit of alcohol is defined as 10 millilitres (or approximately 8 grams) of ethanol (ethyl alcohol). It is used as a basis for guidelines on consumption of alcoholic beverages; the number of units contained in a typical drink is publicised and marked on bottles.
The number of units of alcohol in a drink can be determined by multiplying the volume of the drink (in millilitres) by its percentage ABV, and dividing by 1000 (or litres × % abv).
Thus a pint (568ml) of beer at 4% ABV contains
In the metric system there is 1 unit per percentage point of ABV in 1 litre of a drink; e.g., 37.5 units in a litre of a typical whisky with 37.5 ABV.
It is often misleadingly stated that a unit is supplied by a small glass of wine, half a pint of beer, or a single measure of spirits. Such statements are misleading because they do not reflect the large differences in strengths and measures of wines, beers and spirits. 
- A half pint (284ml) of ordinary strength (3.5-4% ABV) beer contains about one unit. However, some beers (especially lager) are stronger. In pubs, beers generally range from 4% to 5.5% ABV with continental lagers starting at around 5% ABV. A pint of such lager (568ml at 5.2% for example) is almost 3 units of alcohol, rather than the often-quoted value of 2 units per pint.
- A 500ml can/bottle of standard lager (5%) generally contains around 2.5 units.
- 'Super-strength' or strong pale lager may contain as much as two units per half pint.
- A small glass (125ml) of 8% abv wine contains one unit, or 8 g (0.25 oz) of alcohol. However, British pubs and restaurants usually supply larger quantities (medium: 175 ml or large: 250 ml), and few wines are as weak as 8%; 12% is more usual. A typical pub measure (medium glass - 175 ml) of white wine (at 12%) contains around 2 units (actually 2.1) and a large glass (250 ml) contains 3.0 units. Red wine, which usually has a higher alcohol content (up to 16%), contains for an average 14% abv. an alcohol content of 3.5 units for a large (250 ml glass), approximately one-sixth higher than a typical white wine. Just two bottles of 14% abv. red wine a week will supply the maximum intake of alcohol for a man recommended by UK health guidelines.
- A 750ml standard bottle of 12% wine contains 9 units. Many wines (especially New World red wines) may contain 14% ABV or more, which is 10.5 units of alcohol per bottle.
- Fortified wines, etc.
- A small glass (50ml) of sherry, fortified wine, or cream liqueur (approx. 20% abv) contains about one unit.
- Most spirits sold in the UK have 40% ABV or slightly less. A single pub measure (about 25ml) of such a spirit contains one unit. However, a larger single measure of 35 ml is now often sold, resulting in the consumption of 1.4 units of alcohol.
Since 1995 the UK government has advised that regular consumption of between three and four units a day for men and between two and three units a day for women would not pose significant health risks, but that consistently drinking four or more units a day (men) or three or more units a day (women) is not advisable. Previously (from 1992 till 1995) the advice was that men should drink no more than 21 units per week, and women no more than 14. This was changed because a government study showed that many people were in effect "saving" up their units and "using" them at the end of the week,a phenomenon referred to as binge drinking. The difference between sexes is given due to the (typically) lower weight and water-to-body-mass-ratio of women.
It was claimed in October 2007 that these limits had been "plucked out of the air" and have no scientific basis.
An international study (Kanis, 2005) of almost 6,000 men and 11,000 women found that persons who reported that they drank more than 2 units of alcohol a day had an increased risk of fractures compared to non-drinkers. For example, those who drank over 3 units a day had nearly twice the risk of a hip fracture.
 See also
- ^ Alcohol and the athlete. BUPA. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
- ^ Alcohol. Retrieved on 2007-07-21.
- ^ Alcohol. BBC - Health. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
- ^ Drink limits ‘useless’, The Times, October 20, 2007