Will you modify your alcohol consumption in light of the new guidance?

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New alcohol limits were issued last week by Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, following the government’s first major review for 20 years.

Men are now advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week and to spread these across the week if they do drink that amount. Men and women have also been advised to have several alcohol-free days a week.

It means the male limit is ow inline with the existing weekly limit for women. That’s six pints of average-strength beer or six 175ml glasses of average-strength wine.

The guidelines also say there is no ‘safe’ level of alcohol consumption. Any amount of alcohol can contribute to your risk of disease. The limits do not mean that it is safe or advisable to drink 14 units a week.

The new limits have been set following a review of current medical research, in order to reduce the nation’s risk of cancer and other serious diseases. The previous limits were set in 1995, and based on out-of-date research that underestimated the damage caused by alcohol and overestimated the benefits.

Newer, stronger evidence shows that alcohol increases the risk of some cancers, especially breast cancer. And previous findings that small amounts of alcohol have a protective effect on the heart are now “considered less strong”, except perhaps in women over 55, and then only in small quantities.

It is also being highlighted that health risks apply to people drinking very low amounts, not just to binge drinkers or those who drink every day.

Do you know many units of alcohol you consume per week?   Will you modify the amount of alcohol you consume in light of the new guidance? How seriously do you take health advice like this?  

Will you modify your alcohol consumption in light of the new guidance?

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major red
19th Aug 2016
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no as i only have one every no and then
20th Mar 2016
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Surely what we eat or drink is not the business of a nanny state! They are governors, not rulers, but let's not tell them while they're having so much fun at our expense.

I decide what I eat and what I drink. Not the state.
29th Jan 2016
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I never drink alcohol so it doesn't affect me.
22nd Jan 2016
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Problem is what do you believe? One minute don't drink too much...the next "well a glass of red is good for you". the government should get its act together and have a website with all the latest information about health and then advertise it. Simple...well you would think so but then politicians are not renowned for making things simple or straightforward
16th Jan 2016
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More nonsense from the Nannies
13th Jan 2016
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yes I have already cut down in the past week. Think its only sensible
12th Jan 2016
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Except when I am away on holiday I never exceed what is being given as guidelines- a pint once a week is my norm
12th Jan 2016
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Don't drink alcohol anyway
11th Jan 2016
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I know people been drinkers for years and still here .. How boring would life be if we stopped doing all the things that "might " harm us .. I'm off to the pub .. Bye !!
10th Jan 2016
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I don't drink that much any ways only a occasions, can't afford to drink decentley any ways. It's down to the person if they wanna drink they will if they don't they won't. Everything in moderation is OK that's wat I was always told. cheers x
10th Jan 2016
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The late George Burns once said, "Doctors tell you that if you don't drink or smoke, you will live longer, you won't, it will just seem longer".
10th Jan 2016
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I tend to only drink on a Friday and Saturday evening. As I have got older, I am happy to just have two glasses of wine and don't feel the need for more, or to even finish an open bottle. Wish I could have the same control over an open bar of chocolate! I still believe in everything in moderation for a healthy lifestyle. I do get fed up with the messages from research keep changing and think I have got to this age, and common sense prevails with me rather than being told what to/what not to eat and drink.

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