CAMRA Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch

Promoting Real Ale in the North East of Scotland

Full Measure

There are specific licensing conditions concerning the quantities that some alcoholic drinks must be served in, particularly with regard to beer or cider, which must be solid in one third of a pint, two thirds of a pint, a half pint, or multiples of a half pint. Every glass must be stamped with either the 'crown mark and number' or the new 'CE and M marking'. Draught beer, lager and cider can be sold by the jug provided the stated quantity is in multiples of 1/2 pint (such as two pint or four pint) and either the jug is stamped as a transfer measure of that capacity or the liquid is measured by a meter in front of the consumer at the time of sale, but not before. Price lists must be clear about the measure that is used for a jug sale.

It is illegal to sell beer using any other measure.

For consumer or business advice, or to report a problem trader, telephone Aberdeen Trading Standards at 01224 523737, or email

The Trading Standards Service

Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 15
Third Floor South
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB


232 High Street Elgin , 01343 541 202

10 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh, 01346 510505

Facts and Figures

In the UK, 1 pint = 568 ml but in the USA 1 pint = 473.2 ml

I unit of alcohol = 10 ml of ethanol

Alcohol content is measured by AbV (alcohol by volume)

1 pint (568 ml) of 3.5% AbV beer contain 2 units of alcohol

100% proof = 57.06% alcohol by volume