A Government health panel has issued a warning for people to avoid drinking alcohol two days in a row if they wish to avoid health problems, such as heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and cancer.
Guidelines from Public Health England (PHE), a group initiated to promote healthy living in Britain, are due for release in the near future and will include recommendations of a ‘one day on, one day off’ attitude when it comes to alcohol consumption.
The report will state that the consumption of alcohol, even just above the ‘low risk’ guideline which is equal to two pints for men, could lead to health problems during later life.
PHE will issue guidelines stating that Britons should abstain from alcohol if the recommended daily allowance of two to three units for females and three to four units for males has been exceeded.
The 92-page paper states that drinking daily is a major contributor to increased risk, so adopting a simple approach such as not drinking two days in a row may have a positive effect.
The current recommendation from the Chief Medical Officer, the most senior health advisor in the government, is to refrain from alcohol consumption at least two days each week. However, according to the new guidelines, the suggestion is to refrain for three to four days a week.
The new proposals from PHE have received criticism from those in the medical profession, as well as from politicians.
Martin Scurr, a GP, said that abstaining from alcohol on alternate days is not an exercise that would be recognised by most doctors as a helpful aid to curb excessive alcohol consumption. He said it is difficult to envisage how this plan from PHE will help excessive drinkers to limit their intake.
Gerald Howarth, a former minister and Conservative MP, said the advice offered was ‘completely unrealistic’ and is an example of how the ‘nanny state’ operates.
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