“Units” of alcohol

How should the alcohol content of drinks be measured? – asks M-V

The unit of alcohol is defined as 10 ml of pure alcohol and is unique to the UK (and possibly Eire). Other EU countries have developed their own “units of alcohol”, and Wikipedia lists seven or eight different units for different countries.

Should there be a standard “unit of alcohol” (defined as one centilitre which is the UK definition) or should each country continue to define its own unit of alcohol. If so, who should take the lead in making this definition – the EU, WHO, UN?

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