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The UK’s Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health has released new guidelines on alcohol limits for men and women, lowering the recommended limit for low-risk levels of alcohol consumption.
The guidelines are clear; in order to keep health risks low, people should limit their alcohol consumption and stay below the recommended limit. Most people are aware of the links between smoking and cancer – fewer are aware of alcohol’s negative impact.
While on the face of it the new guidelines may not feel that different from the previous ones, there are several important shifts to note.
So, what does 14 units look like? Roughly speaking, this works out to a weekly maximum total of:
One of the most significant aspects of the new guidelines is they are moving away from the long-held belief that a small amount of alcohol may be good for you.
In reality, the protective benefits of alcohol cease to be a factor when people drink more heavily – if you often drink more than one or two pints at any one time, any benefits of moderate drinking are likely to be outweighed by risks.
The simple truth is that the short and long-term risks from alcohol begin from any level of regular drinking, and continue to rise with the amount of alcohol we drink.
If you’re concerned you may be drinking to much or want to discuss how you can improve your general health, our team of experts at YourGP are here to offer specific recommendations and expert, confidential advice.
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