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1st-7th July Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week | Alcohol Change UK

Alcohol Awareness Week is a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. Alcohol Awareness Week 2024 will take place from 1 to 7 July on the theme of ‘Understanding alcohol harm’.

Understanding alcohol harm

Alcohol can sometimes plays a centre-stage role in our lives. It’s promoted as we watch our favourite sports, advertised as we travel to work and strategically placed in our favourite films and TV shows. It’s there when we celebrate, commiserate and when we’re just trying to cope.


Yet alcohol is harming our health and wellbeing on a daily basis, from the quality of the sleep we’re getting, to our relationships with those we love. And each year, thousands of people experience long-term health problems as a result of the alcohol they drink or die from alcohol-related causes.

Measuring Units

Units provide a simple way for us to calculate the quantity of pure alcohol in a drink using its strength and size.

To make things a little quicker, use our unit calculator or check the table below:

Type of drinkNumber of

alcohol units

Pint of lower-strength lager/beer/cider (568ml, ABV 3.6%)2 units
Pint of ordinary-strength lager/beer/cider (568ml, ABV 4%)2.3 units
Pint of higher-strength lager/beer/cider (568ml, ABV 5.2%)3 units
Bottle of lager/beer/cider (330ml, ABV 5%)1.7 units
Can of lager/beer/cider (500ml, ABV 5.5%)2.8 units
Small glass of wine (125ml, ABV 13%)1.6 units
Standard glass of wine (175ml, ABV 13%)2.3 units
Large glass of wine (250ml, ABV 13%)3.3 units
Alcopop (275ml, ABV 4.5%)1.5 units
Single shot of spirits (25ml, ABV 40%)1 unit
Double shot of spirits (50ml, ABV 40%)2 units

Blogs from AlcoholChange.org

Gary used alcohol to try and cope with his financial anxieties. Here, he tells us how he was able to overcome alcohol dependency and improve his mental health.

Gary’s story: “The cost-of-living crisis has created an environment full of challenges” | Alcohol Change UK

In this blog, Clare shares her experiences of going into rehab and how supporting people before they reach crisis point can be beneficial for us all.

Clare’s story: “I knew that alcohol would soon cost me everything if I didn’t stop.” | Alcohol Change UK