Frequently Asked questions

People always have questions, questions and questions - here are some of the most common ones and their answers. Enjoy.

What is sensible drinking?
  For Men:
Most men can drink up to three to four units of alcohol a day without significant risks to their health. For men aged 40 and over there is evidence that drinking one to two units a day, but no more, can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

For Women:
Most women can drink up to two to three units of alcohol a day without significant risk to their health. Women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant should avoid getting drunk and are advised to consume no more than one to two units of alcohol once or twice a week.

One unit of pure alcohol = about half a pint (284ml) of ordinary strength lager, beer or cider, typically 3.5% alcohol by volume (ABV); a 25ml pub measure of spirit, typically 40%ABV; a small glass of 9% ABV wine.

Most people enjoy drinking and find it a sociable and relaxing thing to do. Normally it leads to no harm. But there are times when drinking too much - or even drinking at all - can cause problems.

What are the Do's and Don'ts of Drinking?
> drink and drive
> operate machinery, use electrical equipment or work at heights after drinking
> drink before playing sport or swimming
> drink while on certain medications - check labels and ask a doctor if unsure
> binge drink - it can lead to health and other problems

> abstain for 48 hours, if you do have an episode of heavy drinking, to let your body recover
> remember drinks poured at home are often bigger than pub measures
> work out how much you drink and try to stick to the guidelines - which are daily benchmarks not weekly targets
> get help from a doctor or a specialist agency if worried about your drinking
> remember that drinking responsibly can be enjoyable and is compatible with a healthy lifestyle.

Fore more information on sensible drinking visit: The Portman Group - where the above information is taken from.

Why is this website called beer and totty?
  Well, its primarily a labs website (sorry to al the ladies out there) and lads aged between 18 and 35, tend to only be interested in a few things for their evenings - and one of the biggest of those is going somewhere to drink and looking at the scenery as it were. Or more commonly known as Beer and Totty - and what better name for a drinking guide than one that doesn’t mess about - and aims to give lads the information they need - where does good drinks with good totty...

But, to keep everyone happy - we also review the lads for the ladies as well - so girls know which places to avoid where the blokes are ugly.

How do you rate the pubs?
  There is a page that explains this in detail here.

Can I join your review team?
  If you have visited a pub, bar or club and want to write a review for it, then please do - try to keep it in the style of those on here and follow the ratings that we use - and then simply complete the form located here and we'll hopefully add it to the list of places - the more we get the better the site can get...

If you end up submitting us loads of quality reviews we may well add your photo and a description of you to our about page. Regardless - all reviews have an author associated with them so credit will always be given.

How do I get my place reviewed?
  This one is easy - simply drop us an email to: and we'll try to come and check your place out (the odd freebie never goes a miss - not that it will effect our view however).

Is this website copyrighted?
  Yes. Everything on this website is protected by copyright law.

The site design, layout and systems are © Copyright 2001-2002 Sam Hill and James Buchanan.
The guestbook/messageboard system is © Copyright 1997-2002 Sam Hill.
All reviews are the intellectual property of the individual reviewer.

No part of this website (code (html, Java, javascript, CGI, perl etc); images; or content) may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the relevant copyright holder.

Can I put your review on my site/leaflet/whatever?
  Bearing in mind the copyright above, generally, no not the whole thing - a snippit would be fine.

However - if your place wins a 5 star award feel free to use this logo on any material relating to your website.

If you want to reference this website - or point to this website then read below:

How do I link to Beer and Totty?
  Can all links please point to and not to any other location.

If a banner or image is required - please use the one below:
Right click and choose Save As, or use the HTML code given below:

<a href="" target="_top">
<img src="" width="468" height="60" border="1"></a>

Can I advertise on Beer and Totty?
  YES! This is how this site remains free - through the advertising on here. If you would like your advertisement added to our system and receive exposure to thousands of unique visitors a day - please send an email to and we will let you know the details.

How does this site work?
  Yuk! Boring technical question - oh well since you asked -
The system runs using multiple servers in several locations around the UK, running either Unix or Linux as the OS and Apache web server software. There is a backend MySQL database which is used to hold all the pubs. The search engine is powered by software from RedSnapper, and DNS, hosting and bandwidth is provided by energis.

Do you guys have real jobs?
  Yes, Sam Hill works as an Internet Systems Developer, James Buchanan works as a Web Application Developer, and Nik Sotomayor-Robbins is a professional traveller - touring the world, country by country.

What are your favourite drinks?
  Sam Hill is a larger fan - and drinks lots of Carling and Fosters, failing that white wine...
James Buchanan drinks Murphys as his first choice failing that white wine again...
Nik Sotomayor-Robbins - would drink anything - probably even toilet cleaner, but he can't stand Coke.

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