Right, what’s a unit?

Her Majesty’s Government thinks Her Majesty’s subjects are drinking too much:

Men and women should drink no more than six pints of beer or standard glasses of wine a week, according to new U.K. government guidelines that warn that any level of alcohol consumption raises the risk of cancer.

The new guidance, published in London on Friday, lowers the recommended maximum intake for men to 14 U.K. units of alcohol a week, the same as for women, from 21 units. A pint of beer with a 4 percent alcohol content or a medium-sized 175-milliliter glass of wine contains 2.3 units. People of both sexes are urged to have several alcohol-free days a week.

Nowhere in the world, other than in government offices, will you find alcohol by the “unit.” Then again, it was the UK that gave us the hilarious Drinking Banning Order.

Amazingly, there is, even in today’s Britain, opposition to this sort of thing:

U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, often pictured in a pub with a pint of beer in his hand, said he’d carry on drinking.

“Frankly if we choose to enjoy a few drinks, four or five nights a week after a hard day at work, whether it slightly shortens our lives or not, so what?” he said on a phone-in program on LBC Radio. “To basically tell us that any form of drinking is likely to lead to our deaths is just so over the top that we’ll probably behave in the opposite way. I certainly will, starting at midday today.”

Farage isn’t on my list of Favourite People, but I would happily buy him a unit drink.



  1. McGehee »

    9 January 2016 · 5:37 pm

    For a while there, the English were the second freest people on Earth. Then came socialism.

  2. CGHill »

    9 January 2016 · 5:46 pm

    Which had the effect everyone but actual socialists could have predicted.

  3. Georganna Hancock (@GLHancock) »

    9 January 2016 · 8:13 pm

    Considering which end of life drinking alcohol shortens, I’m all for it!

  4. CGHill »

    9 January 2016 · 8:46 pm

    Well, it’s kind of late to shorten the beginning of it.

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