What is white wine?

Just like red wine and rosé, white wine is made from the fermented juice of grapes. Common types include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

How many units are in white wine?

A 175ml glass of 13% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) white wine contains 2.3 units.

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, it's important to follow the UK Chief Medical Officers' (CMO) low risk drinking guidelines which advise it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. If you do drink this amount it is best to spread them over several days.

Drinking six 175ml glasses of 13% ABV white wine during the week means you’ll exceed these guidelines. Doing so regularly could increase your chances of developing long-term conditions like heart disease and cancer.

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Watch your measures

Remember that some venues may automatically serve wine in 250ml measures, which means taking on even more units. So make sure to ask for a small (125ml) or medium/regular (175ml) glass if you don’t want a large one.

It’s also good to be mindful that drinks poured at home can often be larger than you realise, especially with the fashion for oversized wine glasses. It’s a good idea to invest in a wine measure so that you know exactly how much wine you’re pouring at home. 

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How many calories are in white wine?

A 175ml glass of white wine contains 159 calories – that’s the same as around half a burger. And having two glasses of wine that strength would require around 33 minutes of running to burn off the 332 calories they contain.

Just like in other alcoholic drinks, these are ‘empty calories’ with no nutritional value, so don’t benefit your body in any way.

Drinking too much white wine means consuming extra calories on top of what you eat. Over time, this can cause weight gain and also affect your appearance.

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Check the strength of white wine

It’s simple to see how much alcohol is in a glass of white wine. Just look out for the Alcohol by Volume (ABV) which you’ll find on the label, or ask at the bar.

The ABV tells you what percentage of the wine is alcohol.

For example, a 175ml 13% ABV glass of white wine contains 13% pure alcohol. The higher the ABV, the more alcohol is in the drink and the stronger it is.

How to reduce the amount of white wine you’re drinking

White wine is often served at all kinds of social events – from formal work dos to birthdays and weddings.

And because white wine doesn’t necessarily taste alcoholic it can be easy to lose track of how much you’ve drunk.

To take back control, have a soft drink to signal you’re having a break from drinking alcohol, and be mindful of automatic top-ups which can make you drink more than you’d like.

For more easy ways to cut down on white wine:

  1. Be size-savvy. In a bar or restaurant a large glass of white wine can be a massive 250ml. Ordering a smaller size is a simple move to cut your consumption.
  2. Try a low-alcohol white wine. As people decide to drink less manufacturers have responded with lower-alcohol white wines. Remember that they still contain alcohol, but a 5.5% ABV wine contains a lot less than regular strength options.
  3. Have dry days. Having a few alcohol-free days a week can really help you cut down. If you find it tough at first try organising something fun – anything from a relaxing bath to trying a new exercise class.
  4. Opt out of rounds. Drinking in rounds means you’re sipping at the speed of the fastest-drinking person in your group. To stay in control, opt out and go at your own pace instead.
  5. Use our free app to track your units. The Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units App is a simple-to-use tool for keeping tabs on how much alcohol you’re drinking each week.