The best booze quiz – beer none: As experts call for UK to adopt Canada’s ‘extreme’ two drinks a week advice, guess how many units are in a pint of lager, glass of wine and shot of tequila

  • MailOnline’s quiz allows you to guess how many units are in 15 different drinks
  • Read more: Experts say weekly alcohol intake should be limited to two beers  
  • The NHS currently recommends people drink no more than 14 ‘units’ of alcohol

Brits should also be advised to limit their alcohol intake to just two bottles of beer each week, health chiefs controversially claimed this week. 

But do you know how many units are in your favourite drinks?  

From a pint of lager to a shot of tequila, MailOnline’s quiz lets you guess just how boozy 15 different beverages are.

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE THE ANSWERS

MailOnline has created a quiz, allowing you to guess just how many units are in 15 different alcoholic drinks favoured by Brits

The call for British drinking advice to be amended follows advice introduced this week in Canada, where health chiefs have explicitly stated that zero booze is the only truly safe amount.

Officials said for anyone choosing to defy the strict guidance, consuming up to two standard drinks is ‘low risk’. 

The actual guidelines, devised by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), called for a dramatic reduction in alcohol consumption. 

Drinking three to six glasses a week gives people a ‘moderate risk’ of suffering from health conditions.

Consuming seven or more drinks each week was putting people at ‘increasingly high risk’, the group said. 

Dr Richard Piper, chief executive of the Alcohol Change UK charity, told MailOnline that the guidelines were ‘something we should definitely adopt’.

Meanwhile, Dr Katherine Severi, chief executive at the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said that Canada’s new guidelines ‘may seem very low and unnecessarily strict, but it is simply an assessment of the best quality evidence’. 

Britons are urged not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis — the equivalent of six pints of lager or 10 small glasses of wine.

The NHS also advises spreading drinking over three or more days to avoid bingeing.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to not drink more than 14 small cans of beer a week for men and seven small glasses of wine for women. 

Leading experts have rowed about the harms of moderate drinking for decades. 

Studies have suggested that a glass of wine or pint of beer a day can stave off a host of illnesses. While others have argued that even light drinking is dangerous.

Scientists across the board, however, agree that excessive alcohol consumption can permanently damage the liver and cause an array of cancers and drive up blood pressure.

The World Health Organization estimate it kills 3million people around the world each year.

Last month, an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report found that Brits drank 9.7 litres of pure alcohol per adult in 2020 — 0.1 less than the EU average. 

Most countries, including Britain, saw their booze consumption drop over the decade. 

Latvia had the highest rate with 12.1 litres per adult during the year, while France had 10.4 and Germans drank 10.6.

Answers

 Drink

 Units 

 1. Large glass of red wine 

3

 2. Small glass of white wine 

1.5 

 3. Pint of cider 

 2

 4. Pint of lager

 5. Double gin and tonic 

 2

 6. Margarita 

4.5 

 7. Mojito

 2.5

 8. Tequila shot

1

 9. Glass of champagne 

 1.5

 10. Aperol Spritz 

 1.9

11. Double Whisky  

 2

 12. Large brandy 

 2

 13. Baileys 

 0.85

 14. Espresso Martini

 1.5

 15. Pint of Guinness

 2.5

Source: NHS, DrinkAware and Difford’s Guide

DO YOU DRINK TOO MUCH ALCOHOL? THE 10 QUESTIONS THAT REVEAL YOUR RISK

One screening tool used widely by medical professionals is the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Tests). Developed in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, the 10-question test is considered to be the gold standard in helping to determine if someone has alcohol abuse problems.

The test has been reproduced here with permission from the WHO.

To complete it, answer each question and note down the corresponding score.

YOUR SCORE:

0-7: You are within the sensible drinking range and have a low risk of alcohol-related problems.

Over 8: Indicate harmful or hazardous drinking.

8-15: Medium level of risk. Drinking at your current level puts you at risk of developing problems with your health and life in general, such as work and relationships. Consider cutting down (see below for tips).

16-19: Higher risk of complications from alcohol. Cutting back on your own may be difficult at this level, as you may be dependent, so you may need professional help from your GP and/or a counsellor.

20 and over: Possible dependence. Your drinking is already causing you problems, and you could very well be dependent. You should definitely consider stopping gradually or at least reduce your drinking. You should seek professional help to ascertain the level of your dependence and the safest way to withdraw from alcohol.

Severe dependence may need medically assisted withdrawal, or detox, in a hospital or a specialist clinic. This is due to the likelihood of severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms in the first 48 hours needing specialist treatment.

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