Alcohol Guidelines: UK Chief Medical Officers Release New Recommendations for Drinking

U.K. officials’ new guidelines suggest that men and women should have no more than 14 drinks a week, which is the same amount as six glasses of wine or five pints of beer.

The U.K. officials’ new guidelines suggest that men and women should have no more than 14 drinks a week, which is the same amount as six glasses of wine or five pints of beer.
If you feel like you had one too many drinks over the winter holiday season — you probably did. At least, if tough new guidelines on drinking just announced by the UK’s chief medical officers are anything to go by.
Perhaps timing the announcement to coincide with many Britons’ January health kick, the new guidelines suggest that both men and women should regularly drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
That’s the equivalent of six small glasses of wine or five pints of beer at 5% ABV strength. Pregnant women should not drink at all.
Guidelines in the U.S. recommend that women should not exceed one standard drink per day and men should no more than two. That equates to 12 units a week for women and just over 24 for men.
Most worryingly, perhaps, the new UK advice suggests that there is no safe level of drinking — and any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, according to new research.
The new health rules also say that you shouldn’t save up your weekly units and indulge in heavy drinking sessions; instead distribute them evenly throughout the week and aim for a few alcohol-free days a week.
Bad news too for those who imbibe a few glasses of red to keep their hearts healthy.
The benefits are fewer and apply to a smaller group of people than previously thought — in the UK, women over the age of 55 are the only group in which it has the potential to significantly reduce risk of death.

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Meredith Little

World News Journalist from Dublin, Ireland. Meredith has been with the Pluto Daily since October of 2013.