Units and calories in cider
How many units & calories are there in cider? Use our simple guide to find out how many units or calories your favourite cider contains.
The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMO) low risk drinking guidelines advise that both men and women are safest when not regularly exceeding more than 14 units a week, and should spread their drinking out over three or more days.
Five pints of 4.5% cider would equal 13 units. Three pints of strong 7.5% cider would equal 12.9 units.
If you regularly drink over the guidelines, you could be increasing your chances of developing long-term health conditions. Find out more about the effects of alcohol.
One pint of cider with 4.5% ABV can contain 210 calories with some leading brands containing more – you could be consuming the same amount of calories as a sugar doughnut.
It’s easy to forget that sweet drinks like cider can contain a high volume of alcohol and calories.
Alcohol is high in sugar which means it contains lots of calories – seven calories a gram in fact, almost as many as pure fat. By cutting back on the amount you drink and opting for low alcohol drinks, you can reduce your calorie intake.
Checking a cider'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, a cider with 7.5% ABV is 7.5% pure alcohol. The higher the percentage, the more alcohol in your drink.
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