Study says Scots ‘confused’ over alcohol content in drinks
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