Units and calories in lager
How many calories and units are there in lager? Use our simple guide to find out how many units or calories your favourite lagers contain.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officers' (CMO) low risk drinking guidelines advise that both men and women are safest not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Six pints of 4% ABV beer will put you over those low risk drinking guidelines.
If you regularly drink over these guidelines, you are increasing your chances of developing long-term health conditions. Find out more about the effects of alcohol.
Alcohol is made by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar. This means that lager can contain a lot of calories. For instance, a pint of lager with 4% ABV can contain 180 calories, similar to a slice of pizza.
Lager, like any kind of alcohol, can stimulate the appetite and make calorific post-pub fare like kebabs and chips look really appealing.
Checking a lager’s ABV (alcohol by volume) will give you a guide to how strong it is. The ABV tells you what percentage of the drink is made up of alcohol. For example, a lager with 5% ABV is 5% pure alcohol. The higher the percentage, the more alcohol there is.