So what does the new 'safe drinking' limit of 14 units of alcohol a week look like?

England's Chief Medical Officer has said the idea that drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for you is an "old wives' tale".
England's Chief Medical Officer has said the idea that drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for you is an "old wives' tale".

New alcohol guidelines have been issued across the UK, tightening up what are regarded as "safe" drinking levels.

But what does that mean for our drinking habits?

Here is what one unit of alcohol (10ml) equals:

* A single measure of spirits (ABV 37.5%)

* Half a pint of average-strength (4%) lager

* Two-thirds of a 125ml glass of average-strength (12%) wine

* Half a 175ml glass of average-strength (12%) wine

* A third of a 250ml glass of average-strength (12%) wine

Here are some examples of the recommended weekly intake of 14 units of alcohol:

* 14 single measures of spirits (ABV 37.5%)

* Seven pints of average-strength (4%) lager

* Nine and one-third 125ml glasses of average-strength (12%) wine

* Seven 175ml glasses of average-strength (12%) wine

* Four and two-thirds 250ml glasses of average-strength (12%) wine

For low-alcohol wines (11% ABV), 14 units equals:

* Just over one and a half bottles

* Five 250ml glasses

* Around seven 175ml glasses

* 10 125ml glasses

For high-alcohol wines (14% ABV), 14 units equals:

* One and a third bottles

* Four 250ml glasses

* Around six 175ml glasses

* Just under eight 125ml glasses

For low-alcohol lagers (3.8% ABV), 14 units equals:

* Just over eight 440ml cans

* Just over six pints

* Five and a half 660ml bottles

For high-alcohol lagers (5.2% ABV), 14 units equals:

* Six 440ml cans

* Around four and a half pints

* Just over four 660ml bottles