Men Should Drink Less Than 1 Pint a Day
The UK Chief Medical Officers have updated their health advice on the intake of alcohol, saying any regular consumption whatsoever can lead to the development of cancer, and that men therefore should only drink 6 pints a week.
They further state there are no health benefits from drinking alcohol and that any benefits for heart health only relate to women aged 55 and over. Two glasses a week are enough to produce such benefits.
These issues prompted changes to alcohol guidelines for men. Men should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, the same level as for women. This equals 6 pints of average strength beer a week, which would mean a low risk of illnesses such as liver disease or cancer. The previous guidelines were 21 units for men and 14 units for women per week.
…. The guidelines for pregnant women have also been updated to clarify that no level of alcohol is safe to drink in pregnancy. The previous advice for pregnant women to limit themselves to no more than 1 to 2 units of alcohol once or twice per week has been removed to provide greater clarity as a precaution.
The UK Chief Medical Officers also state that there is no clear evidence that red wine is beneficial for the health.
As can be imagined, these are rather controversial findings. At the Institute of Economic Affairs, Christopher Snowdon said the Chief Medical Officer had ignored evidence that ‘shows moderate drinking reduces heart disease risk and, most importantly, reduces the overall risk of death’.
Asked whether hard-working Britons deserved a glass of wine at the end of the day, David Cameron said, “I think that’s a choice for hard-working Brits to make in the comfort of their own households or wherever they are.”
The new guidelines can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/health-risks-from-alcohol-new-guidelines.