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My drink problem!

Today I am going to talk about my problem with booze…

Whilst I do enjoy a wee little drink… because of my body weight, my alcohol tolerance is considerably less than my peers in the military!

I had come under of lot of fire at my inability to drink large amounts of booze.

Getting drunk....

I get drunk very easy.

So what is the Department of Health (DoH) recommended alcohol limit for male monkeys…. er…. I asked the DoH for this and they could not give me a precise figure.

Xmas 2010

What are the recommended limits of alcohol drinking?

So after much calculation, I had decided to work out the recommended alcohol limits for a monkey.

For humans, the recommendations are:

  • Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week (and no more than four units in any one day).
  • Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week (and no more than three units in any one day).

Assuming that a typical average man is 5’11 or 180 cms and that I am 30cms then to work out my recommeded limit we divide 180 by 30 to give 6. Now we divide the human adult limit of 21 by the ratio of 6 (to take in account that the average human male is six times the height of me) and we get 3 and a half! Yes so for a male monkey the recommended alcohol limit is 3.5 units per week and no more than one unit in any one day.

These calculations also suggests that a female monkey the weekly limit is 2 and a quarter units per week.

The more you drink above these limits, the greater the risk of developing serious problems such as: liver disease (cirrhosis or hepatitis); stomach and pancreas disorders; depression; anxiety; sexual difficulties; muscle and heart muscle disease; high blood pressure; damage to nervous tissue; serious accidents; some cancers; obesity (alcohol has many calories).

What is a unit of alcohol?

One unit of alcohol is 10 ml (1 cl) by volume, or 8 g by weight, of pure alcohol. For example:

  • One unit of alcohol is about equal to:
    • half a pint of ordinary strength beer, lager or cider (3-4% alcohol by volume), or
    • a small pub measure (25 ml) of spirits (40% alcohol by volume), or
    • a standard pub measure (50 ml) of fortified wine such as sherry or port (20% alcohol by volume)
  • There are one and a half units of alcohol in:
    • a small glass (125 ml) of ordinary strength wine (12% alcohol by volume), or
    • a standard pub measure (35 ml) of spirits (40% alcohol by volume)

But remember, many wines and beers are stronger than the more traditional ordinary strengths. A more accurate way of calculating units is as follows: the percentage alcohol by volume (% abv) of a drink equals the number of units in one litre of that drink. For example:

  • Strong beer at 6% abv has six units in one litre. If you drink half a litre (500 ml) – just under a pint – then you have had three units.
  • Wine at 14% abv has 14 units in one litre. If you drink a quarter of a litre (250 ml) – two small glasses – then you have had three and a half units.

The morning after....

It is not clever to binge drink especially when you are only a 30cm tall monkey.

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