How many units of alcohol are in white wine?
A 175ml glass of 13% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) white wine contains 2.3 units. The higher the ABV the more alcohol is in the drink and the stronger it is.
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, spreading them evenly over three or more days.
A good way to cut down the amount we drink is to have several drink-free days each week.
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How many calories are there in white wine?
A 175ml glass of 13% ABV white wine contains 159. Drinking white wine will add to the overall calories we consume each day through the food we eat. But just like in other alcoholic drinks, the calories in white wine are ‘empty calories’, meaning they have no nutritional value. They don’t benefit our bodies in any way. Consuming extra calories through drinking can lead to weight gain.
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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.
Easy ways to reduce the calories and units in white wine
- Be size-savvy. Some venues may automatically serve wine in large (250ml) measures, which means even more units. Ask for a small (125ml) or medium/regular (175ml) glass instead.
- Try a low-alcohol white wine. As people decide to drink less alcohol, 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.
- Have drink-free days. A few alcohol-free days each week can help you cut down. If you find it tough at first, try organising something fun to do instead – anything from a relaxing bath to trying a new exercise class.
- Opt out of rounds. To stay in control, opt out of a round and drink at your own pace instead. You could also try alternating between alcoholic drinks and soft drinks or water.
- Track your units. The Drinkaware app is a simple-to-use tool for keeping track of how much alcohol you’re drinking each week.
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