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Archive for October, 2011

What is a unit?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Hi All,

Following on from last weeks blog about how many units your allowed to drink, I got a load of e-mails asking what exactly a unit was…So here is Tom’s short guide.

Beer

  • A premium pint of lager, bitter or cider (5%) contains 3 units
  • A ordinary strength pint of lager, bitter or cider (3-4%) contains 2 units

Wine

  • A large 250ml glass of wine (12%) contains 3 units
  • A standard 175ml glass of wine (12%) contains 2 units (Many pubs and bars call this a ‘small’ glass)

Spirits

  • A large double measure of spirits (2 x 35ml at 40%) contains 3 units
  • A large single measure of spirits (1 x 35ml at 40%) contains 1.5 units
  • A small double measure of spirits (2 x 25ml at 40%) contains 2 units
  • A small single measure of spirits (1 x 25ml at 40%) contains 1 unit

Alcopops

  • A 275ml bottle of alcopop (5%) contains 1.5 units

To be sure though just check the side of the container that your alcohol comes in, UK law now staes that the number of units per bottle/can must be clearly stated on the side.

Hope this helps!

TOM

How many units?

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Hi All,

I oftern get asked how much alcohol a person is allowed? Well the reccomendations have recently changed in the light of the binge drinking epedemic.

We as fitness and health professionals used to work based on weekly reccomendations, thse were 21 units a week for a male and 14 units a week for a female.  These were all well and good but as always people used to try and cheat the system.  If a male had not drunk any alcphl for 2 weeks could they realy go out and drink 40 units on Saturday night and be happy that they were under the 42 unit limit for 2 weeks?

Well as daft as this sounds when written on my blog it is what people use to think (well convince themself of), so the rules were changed.

Current reccomendations are 2-3 units daily for a male and 1-2 units daily for a female.  Now thee reccomendtions are all well and good in terms of avoiding binge drinking, but would we really what to drink alcohol every single day… I would say not.

I think that on the whole we should just go for everything in moderation and under control.

TOM

Fitness Vs Health

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hi All,

Here is an interesting one for you… if your physically active and are hitting the gym on a regular basis, does that mean your healthy?

Well most people presume so, but in reality there is not a necessarily a correlation.  If we think about it if you go to the gym or do any form of exercise you are bound to be fitter than someone who does not, and this will have some transition to health.  But is we consider if our gym goer is also a heavy smoker, drinker and eats a poor diet, are they going to be considered healthy?

We need to remember that just because we exercise we may not be considered healthy, so look ito your lifestyel and diet and see if that reflects all the hard work your putting in exercising.

TOM