CUMNOCK and Doon Valley are being asked to consider how much alcohol they drink per week.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran is encouraging people to ‘Count 14’, as research shows wine, beer and spirits drinkers remain largely unsure of how many drinks make up the recommended weekly alcohol unit guideline of 14.

People who have looked to reduce their alcohol intake in January are being urged to Count 14 in February, and beyond, to keep the risk from alcohol low – with the campaign providing an easy guide to what 14 units actually looks like for a range of different alcoholic drinks.

Only 15 per cent of beer, lager and cider drinkers in Scotland were able to correctly identify that six pints equals 14 units, with 16 per cent of wine drinkers knowing 14 units equated to six medium glasses of wine.

Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of those who drink spirits regularly knew seven double measures added up to the recommended maximum unit guideline.

Of those who drink wine, beer, or spirits, many simply answered ‘don’t know’ when asked how many of each drink made up 14 units (17 per cent, 13 per cent and 28 per cent respectively).

The Scottish Government’s Count 14 campaign, backed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, aims to help people understand how their weekly drinking adds up.

Dr Joy Tomlinson, Interim Director of Public Health, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said:

“I am delighted to support, for the second year, the Scottish Government’s Count 14 campaign within NHS Ayrshire and Arran. The campaign will raise awareness about the safe weekly consumption of alcohol.

“It will also highlight the health benefits for men and women of sticking within these guidelines to reduce the risk of alcohol harm.

“People often find it difficult to work out how much alcohol is in different drinks.

“The Count 14 campaign helps people see how much they are drinking in a week.”

Figures released last year highlighted that in 2018, Scots bought enough alcohol for every adult to drink 19 units of alcohol per week, meaning that, on average, every adult in Scotland is drinking 36 per cent more than the lower risk guidelines.