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Health and responsible drinking

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

We're often asked about how we make our beers and spirits, and we're always happy to talk for hours about it! Some of the questions we receive are about ingredients as customers are concerned about diets, allergies and intolerances. All of our beers use barley as a core ingredient and therefore contain gluten so they are not suitable for those with a gluten intolerance. However, the process of distilling removes gluten, so all of our spirits are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Our beers are not suitable for vegetarians as we use isinglass finings to ensure our beers are bright and clear. (Finings remove proteins and yeast that would otherwise cause a haze). For those with a wheat intolerance, please be aware that we use wheat as part of the recipe in Adnams Innovation. The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have created a website dedicated to the subject of beer & health - you can find out more here.

Alcohol unit guidelines

The UK Chief Medical Officers' recommend adults do not regularly drink more than 14 units per week. The recommendation is to spread your alcohol consumption over the week, including alcohol-free days, rather than consuming all 14 units in an evening.

What does 14 units look like?

Beer: 6 pints (based on a 4% abv beer) Wine: 6 glasses (based on a 175ml glass of 13% abv wine) Cider: 6 pints (based on a 5% abv cider) Spirits: 14 single shots (based on a 25 ml shot of 40% spirits) To find out about a number of calories in your drinks, have a look at the NHS guide here. If you're looking to cut down your alcohol consumption, you might like to try Ghost Ship 0.5% abv or our range of 0.5% abv wines. You can view our range of low alcohol beers and wines here.


Sarah Groves