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Do you know your limit?

By bzellie 19 May 2021

As the May Bank Holiday is coming up, we know a lot of students will be heading out to enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts, something that you may also be enjoying is a few alcoholic beverages.

We want you to have fun but also know it's important to drink responsibly, here are our top tips to ensure you have a great time, but don't wake up with that dreaded hangover the next day...

  1. Eat a full meal before going out to line your stomach - the perfect excuse to get the flat together
  2. Try and alternate each alcoholic drink with a soft one to stop you getting too wasted - it'll help ease tomorrow morning's hangover too
  3. Don’t leave your drink lying around or accept one from somebody you don’t know
  4. Always stay with your friends on a night out - going for a wander is all fun and games until your phones loses charge and you can't find them again
  5. When walking home, go with a group that you know and always stick to well-lit areas

Despite what you might've heard, you don't need to be drunk to have a good night! The best nights are usually the ones you've stayed out, chatted, and danced the night away...not slurred your words and stumbled home!

two people handing a glass of beer

Adults are advised to not drink more than 14 units per week and to spread this out (this is equal to six pints of average strength beer or seven small glasses of wine). We all know alcohol consumption can be bad for our health, especially if done in excessive amounts.

But do you know how many units are in each drink? Test yourself and your friends...

1 pint of strong lager
3 units
2 units
4 units
Select 1 answers
a pint of beer on a wooden table
Stand bottle of alcopop (330ml)
1 unit
1.5 unit
3 unit
Select 1 answers
Single measure of whiskey (25ml)
2 units
1 units
1.5 units
Select 1 answers
a glass of whiskey
Bottle of champagne
5 units
9 units
12 units
Select 1 answers
Bottle of vodka (1 litre)
35 units
37.5 units
30.5 units
Select 1 answers
a popping bottle of champagne
Large glass of wine (250ml)
3 units
4 units
3.5 units
Select 1 answers
Bottle of cider (1 litre)
5.5 units
9 units
7.5 units
Select 1 answers
a close up of a wine glass
Standard long island ice tea
5 units
6 units
3 units
Select 1 answers
Double vodka & red bull
2 units
3 units
1.5 units
Select 1 answers
a cocktail on a wooden table

You can now work out how many units you consume on a night out, if this is more than 14 then you know it might be a good idea to cut down. Great alternatives are mocktails and to avoid the pre-drinks, saving yourself until you get to the pub will help lower your unit consumption.

Nights out with your friends can be great fun, just remember to drink responsibly!

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Alcohol, Drink,

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