Helping Seafarers Understand How Much Alcohol They Consume

Helping Seafarers Understand How Much Alcohol They Consume

You may have noticed we mention ‘units of alcohol’ within our literature or on our website and wondered what this was.

What are Units of Alcohol?

In the UK a unit of alcohol is a measure used to show what the alcoholic content of a drink including alcohol is. This was put in place to help individuals easily understand how much alcohol they are consuming.

Do other countries use ‘units’ also?

Some other countries use the term ‘standard drink’ for the same purposes.  A standard drink looks at a fixed amount of pure alcohol and varies depending on volume and alcohol concentration. This varies from country to country but is in use in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United States of America.

How can I educate my crews?

If this information could be relevant to your crews, consider ordering our booklets “Alcohol and Drugs: The Facts, Useful facts for seafarers” which are great reference guides.

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