Units and calories in alcopops
Get the facts on the unit and calorie content of a bottle of alcopop.
A bottle of 4% ABV alcopop can equate to:
calories in a 275ml bottle
The UK Chief Medical Officers' (CMO) low risk drinking guidelines advise men and women not to regularly drink more than the 14 units a week.
If you regularly drink over these guidelines you could be increasing your chances of developing long-term health conditions.
Checking an alcopop's ABV (alcohol by volume) will give you a guide to how strong it us. The ABV tells you what percentage of the drink is made up of alcohol. For example, an alcopop with 4% ABV is 4% pure alcohol. The higher the percentage, the more alcohol there is.
Alcopops taste very similar to soft drinks. Try drinking water, juice or another soft option instead of or between alcopops. It will help you stay hydrated and slow down the rate you’re drinking.
Because alcopops taste like soft drinks, they can be easy to drink – it can be easier to drink more units than is recommended. Get motivated to cut back by reminding yourself how many calories you’re consuming.
Drinking in rounds means that you’re keeping up with the fastest drinker, so you could be consuming your units faster than you’d like. Regain control, and maybe even save some cash, by buying your own drinks instead.
Wee what positive results you notice. Why not also give our non-alcoholic cocktails a-go.
If you choose to drink, recording exactly what you’ve drunk during the week will tell you whether you're keeping within the low-risk guidelines.
Our free Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units app is perfect for tracking your drinks when you’re out and about.