# Here's a tip - focus on your tipple

While most people know that units are the way alcohol is measured, most don't know what a unit really is and would struggle to say how many are in their favourite drink. You can work it out with our unit calculator.

### What is a unit?

A UK unit is 10ml of pure alcohol. On average, healthy adult bodies can break down 10ml of alcohol in an hour. The time it takes a person to process the alcohol in their system obviously varies from person to person depending on their body size.

The alcohol content in drinks is also expressed as a percentage of the whole drink. If you look at the label of a bottle of wine or a can of lager you will see either a percentage, followed by the abbreviation "ABV" which stands for Alcohol By Volume, or sometimes just the word "vol". So, a bottle of wine that says "12% ABV" on its label contains 12% pure alcohol.

### The exact calculations

To work out the units in a drink, you need to know its volume in millilitres and its %ABV strength. To find the units, multiply the volume (in millilitres) by %ABV then divide the result by 1,000.

For example, if you're drinking a 250ml glass of wine which is 12% ABV  (250 x 12 รท 1,000) = 3 units.

Alternatively, simply use our unit calculator!