New organisation tasked with tackling alcohol harm in the South West welcomes government announcement regarding new drinking guidelines.

wine glassPublic Health Action (PHA), a new organisation tasked with reducing alcohol harm in the South West, welcomes today’s announcement from the Chief Medical Officer regarding the change to recommended drinking guidelines.

The new recommendations, which bring the UK into line with countries like Australia and Canada, say it is safest for both men and women not to drink regularly more than 14 units of alcohol a week if they want to keep health risks to a low level. Fourteen units is the equivalent of half a bottle of whisky.

They also state it is advisable to spread the units evenly over three days or more, warning that one or two heavy drinking sessions increase the risk of death from long term illnesses and from accidents and injuries.

Kate Knight, speaking on behalf of the programme said:

“We welcome this new advice on drinking guidelines. The link between alcohol and cancer is now well established, and it's not just heavy drinkers who are at risk. There is no 'safe' level of drinking when it comes to cancer - the less you drink, the lower your risk.

“Many people still don't know that alcohol increases the risk of seven types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers.

“Post-Christmas and New Year, there is no better time for us to reflect on how much and how often we drink, with a view to cutting down where necessary.”

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