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LUU want you to enjoy your time at the Union, however, if you are drinking alcohol we want you to know the facts so you can drink (and enjoy yourself) safely.

There are so many stories around alcohol and drinking it is often hard to know what to believe. Being informed about the facts is the best way to make sure that you drink safely. This short quiz will test your knowledge of facts about drinking and alcohol related risks... Can you tell fact from fiction?


The NHS recommends that men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units of alcohol a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol a day. 'Regularly' means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week. If you've had a heavy drinking session you should avoid alcohol for 48 hours.

One unit of alcohol is approximately equal to:

  • Half a pint of beer, lager or cider (3-4% alcohol by volume)
  • A single measure of spirits (40% alcohol by volume)
  • A double measure of fortified wine, e.g. sherry or port (20% alcohol by volume)

One and a half units of alcohol is approximately equal to:

  • A small glass (125ml) of ordinary strength wine (12% alcohol by volume)
  • Half a pint of strong lager (5-6% alcohol by volume)
  • 35ml of spirits (40% alcohol by volume)

It can be difficult to work out exactly how many units are in a certain drink but you can use the alcohol unit calculator on this website to calculate more precisely.

Drink Smarter

If you are planning on having a few drinks, make sure you eat something before going out and drink plenty of soft drinks alongside alcoholic ones. It might also help to decide on a budget before you go out to avoid over spending on drinks.

Check out the Drink Smarter website for tips on how to have a safe night out and look after your friends when drinking.

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking is a growing problem nationally and can have some serious adverse effects on a person's health. Binge drinking has many definitions, however based on NHS guidelines binge drinking is defined as drinking over half the recommended units for a week in one session.

The Drinkaware website has more information about drinking alcohol, binge drinking and the effects of alcohol. 

Are you concerned you might be drinking too much? You can find out by answering a few simple questions about your drinking habits

If you think that you or a friend has a problem with alcohol it is important to talk to somebody about it.Please click here  for information on what support is available and where to get help.

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