Survey: Did you drink too much last week?

Did you consume more than the recommended limit of 11 units for women, or 17 for men?

Dr Orla Crosbie: ‘Most people think a glass of wine is one unit but a unit is 125ml – about “an egg cup” compared to the “goldfish bowls” some people pour. They also think a unit is a pint, when it is two units or more if it cider or strong beer.’ Image: HSE Standard Drinks Information

Dr Orla Crosbie: ‘Most people think a glass of wine is one unit but a unit is 125ml – about “an egg cup” compared to the “goldfish bowls” some people pour. They also think a unit is a pint, when it is two units or more if it cider or strong beer.’ Image: HSE Standard Drinks Information

 

An increasing number of Irish women are being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in their 30s and 40s as a result of heavy drinking at a young age, consultant hepatologist at Cork University Hospital Dr Orla Crosbie warned in an opinion piece for The Irish Times yesterday.

Many of them are not dependent on alcohol, she said, and are unaware that the amount they are consuming is above the recommended limit of 11 standard drinks, or units, per week.

In Ireland, a standard drink contains 10 grams of pure alcohol, equal to a 35.5ml pub measure of spirits, a small 125ml glass of wine, a half pint of standard strength beer, or a 275ml bottle of alcopop. A bottle of 12.5 per cent proof wine contains about seven units of alcohol.

Did you drink too much last week? Take our survey

The recommended limit for men is 17 standard drinks per week. Consuming six or more in one sitting is considered binge drinking.

As an Alcohol Action Ireland conference on the changing nature of female alcohol consumption takes place in Dublin today, we want to find out how much you drank over the past week. Using the chart above, calculate the number of units you drank in the last seven days and take the survey. Were you surprised by the the number of units you consumed when you added them up? Let us know in the comments section below.

We'll publish the initial results on irishtimes.com tomorrow.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.