How many units and calories are in bubbles?

 
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Champagne, prosecco, cava - oh my!

Bubbles might be fun to drink, but they still pack a punch

To figure out just how many units are in your glass of champers, you first need to know the Alcohol By Volume (ABV), this will be printed on the bottles’ label, and if you’re out and about, the ABV% is generally included on the drinks menu. Bubbles are usually around 11.5% - 12.5% ABV.

You can work out how many units there are in any amount of wine by using the below formula:
ABV x ml ÷ 1000 = units

For example, to work out the number of units in a standard 125ml flute of 12% ABV prosecco:
12 x 125ml ÷ 1000 = 1.5 units

Champagne, prosecco, cava and other sparkling wine unit guide
1x Small Glass (125ml) of 12% Bubbles = 1.5 Units
1x Bottle (750ml) of 12% Bubbles = 9 units

The recommended weekly alcohol limit in the UK for men and women is 14 units, which is the same as 1.5 bottles of 12% bubbles.

Find out more about units in a bottle of wine.


You’re less likely to reach for healthy snacks after a drink or two…

You’re less likely to reach for healthy snacks after a drink or two…

Forget about a liquid diet…

Champagne and other sparkling wines are high in sugar, and calories. One 125ml glass of bubbles contains 89 calories - that’s the same as two jaffa cakes!

A man needs around 2,500 calories a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, that figure is around 2,000 calories. These values can vary depending on age, metabolism and levels of physical activity, among other things. The extra calories in alcohol are only one reason why drinking can make you gain weight…

  • When you drink alcohol you crave fatty, salty food and have less will power to resist them! This is because alcohol lowers inhibitions and can lead to poor decision-making — especially when it comes to food choices.

  • Hangovers can also mean you have less motivation to exercise.

  • Despite what you might think, alcohol can negatively affect your sleep and a lack of sleep can lead to imbalance in the hormones related to hunger, satiety, and energy storage as well as a decrease in motivation to exercise.


What are the benefits of cutting down?

There are so many reasons to cut down on how much you drink!

  • Brighter, better looking skin
    Alcohol opens your blood vessels, which can make your face and eyes look red. Reducing your intake will not only help with redness - it can also help in clearing up dandruff, eczema, and rosacea.

  • More time for other things
    By spending time NOT drinking, you could find yourself exploring new interests and meeting new people or simply getting things done that you didn’t feel you had time for previously.

  • Healthier sex life
    Drinking can also affect your sex life… occasional excessive alcohol consumption can increase your desire, but may impede your sexual performance.


Drinking any more than 9 small glasses (125ml) of bubbles in a week will put you over the low risk drinking guidelines.

Drinking any more than 9 small glasses (125ml) of bubbles in a week will put you over the low risk drinking guidelines.

What is a safe amount of champagne to drink?

Understanding the low risk drinking guidelines in relation to bubbles of all sorts

Low risk drinking guidelines advise that both men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Drinking more than 9 small glasses (125ml) of bubbles in a week will put you over those low risk drinking guidelines. And remember, don’t ‘save up’ your 14 units, it’s best that they are spread out over the week so you don’t binge.

If you regularly drink over these guidelines, you are increasing your chances of developing long-term health conditions.

Find out how risky your drinking is by taking the Alcohol Test.