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Fitness & Health

09th Jan 2016

You probably drink too much, according to new alcohol safety guidelines


The first guidelines on alcohol in the UK in 20 years have advised that men and women should not drink in excess of 14 units of alcohol per week.

The figure, which is equivalent to seven pints of average-strength lager or seven glasses of average-strength wine, is recommended as the maximum level of alcohol intake per week by Chief Medical Officer for England Sally Davies to reduce the risk of illnesses related to alcohol such as liver disease.

When issuing the guidelines, Davies warned that there is no “safe” level of drinking and that consuming any amount of alcohol on a regular basis carries a health risk for everyone.

The guidelines relating to alcohol are the first to be published in the UK since 1995, when 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 units for women was recommended as the maximum alcohol consumption per week.

The guidelines encourage several alcohol-free days per week but insist that units should not be saved for one night out, while pregnant women are advised not to drink any alcohol at all.


Commenting on the guidelines, Davies said: “Drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for anyone, but if men and women limit their intake to no more than 14 units a week it keeps the risk of illness like cancer and liver disease low.

“What we are aiming to do with these guidelines is give the public the latest and most up- to-date scientific information so that they can make informed decisions about their own drinking and the level of risk they are prepared to take.”