Alcohol and pregnancy

The Department of Health recommends that pregnant women, or women trying for a baby, should avoid alcohol altogether. Scientists aren’t sure about the precise impact drinking small amounts of alcohol can have on unborn babies. They do know, however, that high alcohol consumption can be harmful during pregnancy. So, you might decide that the safest option for you is to avoid alcohol for nine months.

Did you know?

We’ve been labelling calories on our own-label beers, wines and spirits since 2002 - we were the first retailer to do this.

Did you know?

Since 2007, we’ve been working in partnership with the charity ‘The Drinkaware Trust’ to help promote sensible drinking.

How many units are in your drink?

Pint of beer = 2 units
A half pint = 1 unit

330ml bottled beer = 2 units

250ml glass of wine = 3 units
175ml glass of wine = 2 units
125ml glass of wine = 1.5 units

Double spirit = 2 units
Single spirit = 1 unit

Unit measures based on the following typical servings: half/pint 4% ABV beer, 330ml bottle 5% ABV beer, 125/175/250ml glass 12% ABV wine, 25ml single/50ml double 40% ABV spirit (rounded to the nearest unit).

The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend:

  • Women should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week;

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week.