Study says Scots ‘con­fused’ over al­co­hol con­tent in drinks

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AL­MOST three quar­ters of Scots do not know the cor­rect unit con­tent of beers, wines and spir­its, research sug­gests.

Only a third (36 per cent) of those sur­veyed cor­rectly iden­ti­fied there are two units in a pint of beer with four per cent al­co­hol and 29 per cent knew there were two units in a medium (175ml) glass of wine, with 13 per cent proof.

Fewer than 20 per cent iden­ti­fied the one-unit con­tent of a sin­gle mea­sure of 40 per cent spir­its.

The research was to high­light the Count 14 cam­paign, which is en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to drink sen­si­bly.

Al­co­hol guide­lines, based on sci­en­tific ev­i­dence, high­light both men and women should drink no more than 14 units of al­co­hol per week to keep the risk of de­vel­op­ing con­di­tions such cancer low.

Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Catherine Calder­wood said: “Amid con­fu­sion in Scots, we’re keen to re­in­force what 14 units looks like in terms of al­co­holic drinks. The 14 unit guide­line equates to six pints of medium strength beer, lager or cider; seven dou­ble mea­sures of spir­its or six medium glasses of wine over the course of a week.”

Beer con­tains two units

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