The government advises that people should not regularly drink more than their weekly unit guidelines:
Men: 14 units of alcohol
Women: 14 units of alcohol
This advice applies regardless of how often you drink alcohol; you shouldn't interpret the guidance as allowing you to "save up" your units, it's best to spread evenly across the week.
What is a unit?
The size and strength of your drink will determine the number of units it contains. It's not quite as simple as one drink, one unit - a glass of wine can range between just over one unit and more than three units depending on the size of the glass and type of wine.
Remember, when you're drinking at home, you tend to pour measures that are larger than you get in your local.
The law on alcohol covers such areas as underage drinking, drink driving and drinking in public places. The full facts can be found on the Drinkaware website. Find out more >
We do not sell alcohol to anyone that we believe to be intoxicated.
We operate a Challenge 25 policy in our stores and on delivered sales, always asking for a recognised form of ID when we have reason to believe that the customer or person receiving goods may be under the age of 25.
We do not sell alcohol to customers whom we suspect of passing alcohol to under 18s.
We do not offer any incentives to our customers to drink irresponsibly.
We support the Portman Group's Code of Practice regarding the responsible naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks.
Our staff have easy access to information about alcohol by volume (ABV) and alcohol units, for customers' benefit as well as their own.
The ABV of every alcoholic product we sell can be found on our website and on the product label.
Water is always available free of charge at any of our tastings and on tasting tables throughout the week. We encourage our customers to use spittoons during store tastings, both through clear signage at our 'Tasting Counters' and through staff example.
Leading Industry Standards
We believe that our industry can and should work together to promote the responsible enjoyment of alcohol and that collectively, we can positively change the nation's relationship with alcohol.
We are an active member of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).
We are a Gold Corporate Sponsor of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the educating body for the wine and spirits trade.
Every year we offer all staff the opportunity to complete the WSET intermediate, advanced or diploma certificates. These are offered free of charge to our employees. The courses cover content on the principles of alcohol and social responsibility.
We are a supporter and funder of the Drinkaware trust, an independent, public-facing body with the objective of changing the UK's drinking habits for the better.
Effects of Alcohol
On the Drinkaware website you'll find useful clinically approved facts and information about the effects of alcohol on your life and lifestyle designed to help you make positive decisions about your drinking. More Details >
Calories in Alcohol
Due to the nature of how alcoholic drinks are made, by fermenting and distilling natural starch and sugar, each alcoholic drink contains an amount of calories.
Each alcohol type varies in the amount of calories they contain, but some can be as many as in a slice of pizza.
The Drinkaware website holds information about the amount of calories that can be found in alcohol and also has handy calculator which tells you approximately how many calories can be found in a wide range of alcoholic drinks. Find out more >
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more