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Units in a bottle of alcohol-free wine

How many units in a bottle of alcohol-free wine?

"How many units of alcohol are there in a bottle of alcohol-free wine?"

The alcohol content in wine is measured in alcohol-by-volume (ABV) which is a standard measure based on the percentage in a given volume.

Units are a simple way to express the amount of alcohol in a drink which makes it easier to compare different types of alcohol.

This is useful information because a small measure of a high alcohol content drink could easily have more alcohol in it than a large measure of a lower alcohol drink.

You can work out the units with this handy sum:

Strength (ABV) x Volume (ml) / 1000 = Number of units

So, as an example, a bottle of alcohol-free wine at around 0.2% ABV:

0.2% ABV x 750ml divided by 1000 = 0.15 units (ie, 15% of one unit).

By comparison, a bottle of 13% ABV alcoholic wine is 9.8 units.

Men and women are advised to consume no more than 14 units of alcohol spread over a week. Consuming all 14 units in one session is binge drinking and is harmful. Anyone who drinks alcohol is advised to have two or three alcohol-free days in a week.

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John Risby

John Risby

Founder and co-owner of The Alcohol-Free Shop and AlcoholFree.com. John is a recovering alcoholic who stopped drinking in June 2004. Born and raised in Manchester, he now lives in Malaga with his wife and young daughter. He came to terms with being an alcoholic many years ago, but still finds the concept his daughter is Spanish very strange.

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Nikki Shoria
Nikki Shoria
6 months ago

Are there’s wines safe when pregnant? Is 0.5 alcohol still harmful to a baby?