How to keep an alcohol diary?

Recording the alcohol you drink in a typical week can be a good idea if you want to keep track of how much you are drinking on a regular basis.

Although overall consumption (less than the recommended 21 units for males and 14 units for females) is important, the number of units you consume in any one time is equally significant. Thus, it is ideal to record both the units consumed per day as well as a weekly total, which can be averaged out over the week, as in the diary below:

Date & TimeType of drinkQuantityUnitsTotal units for the daySituation
6pm ThursdayLager2 Pints4 units4 unitsDrinks with colleagues after work
3pm SaturdayLager & Spirits4 Pints

2 Single measures

8 units

3 units

11 unitsWatching football with friends at the pub
4pm SundayRed wine2 Large glasses6 units6 unitsSunday lunch with family
   Total21Notes: Will try and drink 1 less Pint and 1 less glass of wine next week
   Daily Average3


If it appears that you are over the recommended limits, it may be time to consider reducing the amount you are drinking.

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