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 & Time||Type of drink||Quantity||Units||Total units for the day||Situation|
|6pm Thursday||Lager||2 Pints||4 units||4 units||Drinks with colleagues after work|
|3pm Saturday||Lager & Spirits||4 Pints
2 Single measures
|11 units||Watching football with friends at the pub|
|4pm Sunday||Red wine||2 Large glasses||6 units||6 units||Sunday lunch with family|
|Total||21||Notes: Will try and drink 1 less Pint and 1 less glass of wine next week|
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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