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New Guidelines say ‘No Safe Limit for Alcohol’, Asks Drinkers to Reduce Intake

Update Date: Jan 05, 2016 01:21 PM EST

Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, is all set to announce the reduction in daily intake of alcohol for men and women, said Daily Mail. The report suggests that there is no safe limit for alcohol and that even small amount of indulgence can cause illness such as cancer. According to the new guidelines, men will not be permitted to drink more than 3-4 units a day and up to 21 units a week, or less. Women are recommended to drink up to 2-3 units per day or 14 units per week.

The review was launched by Dame Sally in 2013 after the department of health recommended that there were enough concerns suggested by the experts that needs thorough examination of the alcohol and its effects on health. The guidelines were updated in 2007 for pregnant women and for young people in 2009. However, the last review for the overall alcohol intake advice was done in 1995. As per the current guidance, by staying within the recommended limits, there is "only a low risk of causing harm in most circumstances". Elaine Hindal, chief executive of alcohol education charity Drinkaware, said that once the advice is updated, it would help people make better choices with regards to their drinking. "Our research suggests that aside from the well-known impacts on the liver, broader alcohol-related health risks such as hypertension, heart disease and some types of cancer, are not commonly understood by many people," she added, as reported by BBC News.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "The chief medical officer, with advice from a group of independent experts, has reviewed current drinking guidelines. The proposals will be published in the new year," says The Guardian

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