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Queen Elizabeth II drinks 4 cocktails a day, officially making her a binge drinker

On Wednesday the story that Queen Elizabeth II likes to put away the booze circulated on viral news websites such as UniladNewsAUand the New York Post.

The titbit, that HMQ regularly drinks four cocktails a day, has thrilled her subjects the world over.

The source cited in these stories, is none other than the Independent, in a post written in 2012 to coincide with her Golden Jubilee.

According to Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, HM’s alcohol intake never varies. She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening.

The piece continued, making the same point made by Unilad and others five years later:

That comes to 6 units per day, which would make Her Majesty a binge drinker by government standards.

Using the NHS alcohol units and calories calculatorindy100 find this is actually closer to 5.8 units per day.

The government states that men and women should not exceed 14 units per week.

If Rhodes is correct, and this is indeed how much Queen Elizabeth drinks per day, then she is on 40.6 units per week.

Cheers, Ma’am.

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