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How many units do you drink and how much is too much ?

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TensAndUnits Wed 18-Nov-20 16:50:27

The nhs limit is apparently 14
How many do you drink and over what amount is too much ? 14? Or is that a low amount to have as a guide
What is the ‘real’ upper limit where it becomes a problem or danger to health ?

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TensAndUnits Wed 18-Nov-20 16:50:45

14 units a week

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ForTheLoveOfCatFood Wed 18-Nov-20 19:29:24

Honestly since lock down to much!
But as of this week I’m cutting out week day drinking and limiting weekend drinks

OrangeGinLemonFanta Wed 18-Nov-20 19:31:03

I drink a bottle of wine a week, over 3 or 4 nights. On MN this makes me a raging pisshead but is about 10 or 12 units a week so well within guidelines.

Athyrium Wed 18-Nov-20 19:33:09

About 60 units a week. I know thats not good. High functioning alcoholic I guess. Cant seem to do much about it sad

mscongeniality Wed 18-Nov-20 19:36:18

I just had 250ml of rose and I'm so buzzed (I never drink) 😄🙈😀👀

PabloHoneyBee Wed 18-Nov-20 19:36:42

I have just stopped drinking. Hoping to TTC next year, so that is the motivation! Before that....hmmm not loads. Usually have a glass or two of wine a few nights a week. In my youth, God, loads. I'm amazed I didn't become ill. Binge drinking at university blush. I'm enjoying not drinking though. May never go back to it tbh!

NotYourDawg Wed 18-Nov-20 19:40:01

Well, OP, if the NHS says no more than 14 a week, that should answer your question? Nobody here can answer what the real upper limit is.... bizarre to ask when you've quoted the NHS guidelines.

Drinking 10 bottles of wine a week is obviously excessive but drinking one or two... that's down to personal opinion.
Some will say its fine yet others will be horrified by 1 glass of wine at Christmas.

None of our answers will provide anything other than personal opinion, which in turn will lead to bickering (as is always the way with threads like this)

merlotormalbec Wed 18-Nov-20 19:41:51

I just love wine. I'm doing SW so I don't drink as much as I used to but I still drink too much. We're TTC In jan so part of me thinks just drink now and enjoy it while I can the other part doesn't want to as I know it has so many calories. I'm a healthy weight not overweight but i don't want to get back to where I originally was.

merlotormalbec Wed 18-Nov-20 19:42:27

Just realised even my username is wine based 😂🤦🏽‍♀️

FudgeDrudge Wed 18-Nov-20 19:42:35

14 units is an arbitrary meaningless number. It's useless.

PurpleDaisies Wed 18-Nov-20 19:43:22

What is the ‘real’ upper limit where it becomes a problem or danger to health?

What makes you think the NHS limit isn’t the real upper limit? confused

I drink about 1-4units a week, which is usually one glass of wine, a bottle of beer or a g and t one (very rarely two) nights a week.

I like a booze but I don’t want the calories or the negative stuff that comes too much.

MrsT1405 Wed 18-Nov-20 19:45:02

The only problem is when asked, most people lie and say they drink a lot less than they do. So the damage from 14 units is probably the damage from 30 plus units. Most doctors are proper piss heads!

NotYourDawg Wed 18-Nov-20 19:45:28

14 units is a guide, the NHS had to pick a number by which to guide people by and its probably based on calorific intake more than anything.

it's a bit like manufacturers having to put stuff on food boxes like "serving suggestion" or on a packet of peanuts "may contain nuts" - because some people need seemingly obvious guidance.

feelingverylazytoday Wed 18-Nov-20 19:46:15

I'm not drinking at all during this lockdown, but normally I drink 1-2 bottles of wine a week.

devildeepbluesea Wed 18-Nov-20 19:52:39

Too much. Cutting down a bit now, but lockdown has been crazy. I'll still probably drink more than 14 units but I eat, exercise and have teetotal days 5/7 so I'm comfortable with that.

PattyPan Wed 18-Nov-20 20:54:24

We have a bottle of wine between the two of us every couple of months so probably averages out that I drink 1-2 units a month.
Apparently the risk of breast cancer increases by 15% if you have 3 alcoholic drinks per week (not sure how many units that maps to), so personally I would avoid drinking more than that.

PattyPan Wed 18-Nov-20 20:56:35

As for the level at which it affects your health, there is no ‘safe’ level - any drinking will affect your health:,-new-study-confirms
It’s up to you to decide what level of effect you are happy with I guess.

helloxhristmas Wed 18-Nov-20 21:03:02

Well previous threads like this go like this:

I drink a thimble of champagne every two years
I drink a bottle of Scotch a night

I'm somewhere in the middlesmile

Waxonwaxoff0 Wed 18-Nov-20 21:08:43

Depends. I don't like wine so I drink spirits or cider. I don't drink at all in the week but I drink every Friday and Saturday. Sometimes I'll just have a couple of ciders, other times I binge drink and have quite a few double vodkas. So it ranges. I drink more than 14 units a week if I'm on a binge.

Healthy? No, but I'm happy with it.

PurpleDaisies Wed 18-Nov-20 21:17:02


Well previous threads like this go like this:

I drink a thimble of champagne every two years
I drink a bottle of Scotch a night

I'm somewhere in the middlesmile

And every previous thread has someone posting this thinking they’re the first person ever to think of something so hilarious.

Impatientwino Wed 18-Nov-20 21:32:10

I also love wine. Sigh. I am trying to limit it following a period of time where I know I've been drinking too much.

I use the Drinkaware app to monitor my units as that helps me sort of similar to calorie counting! The Drinkaware app has 3 levels and for women they are

14 and under - Low Risk
15-35 - Increasing Risk to health
35 plus - High Risk to health

Make of that what you will...

I'm averaging 25-30 units a week and I know that's still too much but Rome wasn't built in a day.... I now have 4 drink free days in a row a week so only drink Friday to Sunday but now need to get my units on those days down. I have a high tolerance so can polish off a bottle on wine without even really trying so that doesn't help!

Aiming to get under 25 then under 20.....

Icanflyhigh Wed 18-Nov-20 21:35:23

I'm on a bottle of wine a day at least at the moment. No hangovers, but can't sleep unless I've knocked myself out with wine.

Impatientwino Wed 18-Nov-20 21:35:38

Also trying to shave off Sundays from my drinking days but I love a glass or two while I'm preparing dinner and listening to music in my kitchen!

Northernsoullover Wed 18-Nov-20 21:37:09

I used to drink too much so I quit. It was easier than cutting down.

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