There had been rising speculation over the ongoing review of alcohol guidelines that began in 2012. The wait ended once Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, announced the updated guidelines to low risk drinking in the UK.
The guidelines indicate that people should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week to keep health risks at the minimum. The recommendations are now the same for both men and women.
The update of the guidelines comes on the emerging evidence that even low level drinking can increase the risk of cancers. It has further been indicated that the risk increases the more alcohol people drink. The review is aimed at preventing a wide range of diseases, injuries and accidents.
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