The majority of UK adults are uncertain about just how many alcoholic units are in their favourite tipple, according to a health charity. Research released today from Drinkaware shows that while four in five adults (85%) have heard of alcohol units, only two in five of these (42%) can equate the term to actual drinks. The survey of more than 4,000 UK adults, found that when asked to choose from a list of beverages only 30% of women and 46% of men could correctly identify which drinks roughly equate to one unit of alcohol (half a pint, or a single measure of spirits). Drinkaware also found that less than a third of adults (29% of women and 32% of men) can correctly state the recommended daily unit guidelines for alcohol for their own gender (no more than 3-4 daily units for men and 2-3 units for women). Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: “It’s important we challenge the norm of people unwittingly drinking to excess, whether that’s at home after a long day at work or out at a bar or restaurant. Knowing how the unit guidelines translate into everyday life, will make it easier for consumers to stick to them. The benefits of this will be felt not only by individuals – through better health and wellbeing – but also by wider society.”