Whilst more than four in five adults (85%) have heard of ‘alcohol units’, only two in five of these (42%) can equate the term to actual drinks, and less than a third (29%) can know how many calories they are drinking - according to research published by Drinkaware. To help students gain a better understanding of units, calories and their drinking this Summer, NUS have the newest version of the Drinkaware unit and calorie calculators which can be posted out to your students’ union.
The survey of more than 4000 UK adults, found that when asked to choose from a list of beverages only 30% and 46% of men could correctly identify which drinks roughly equate to one unit of alcohol. The survey also showed that less than a third of adults can correctly state the recommended daily unit guidelines for alcohol for their own gender.
Moreover, in a survey of 2000 UK adults, whilst almost a third (30%) of people plan to monitor their calorie intake over the next month, only one in ten are thinking about tracking the amount they drink. Although alcohol has almost as many calories as pure fat, when asked to identify the number of calories in their favourite drinks, less than a third (29%) of adults know how many calories are in a standard class of wine (175ml = 134 calories). In contrast, two-fifths (40%) understand their recommended daily allowance for food, and nearly half (42%) know how many calories are in a cheeseburger (386 calories).
The Drinkaware unit calculator, which features a range of alcoholic beverages, allows consumers to tot up the number of units and calories in their favourite drinks and promote three top tips for a positive summer:
- Swap your usual glass for a smaller one
- Before you start drinking, set yourself a limit and stick to it
- Swap a glass of wine for a relaxing bath to relieve stress
If you want a delivery of the unit calculators for your students’ union, please get in touch with Madeleine Harris Smith (Madeleine.firstname.lastname@example.org)