Organisation (quango) in the UK report says, consumption of alcohol two days in
a row should be avoided to prevent health conditions such as cancer, heart
disease or cirrhosis of the liver.
The Public Health England
proposed a 92-page paper of new guidelines that promote healthy living in the
UK, which also recommends a "one-day on, one-day off" when it comes to alcohol
consumption. Though the 92-page report, suggests three to four days would be
better to break the habit of drinking regularly, it states, "Daily drinking is
a key contributor to increased risk, so it is possible that promoting a simple
approach such as never drinking two days in a row would have a positive
Individuals who have exceeded the
recommended daily allowance the day before, which is 2-3 units for women, 3-4
for men are advised by Public Health England to abstain from alcohol the
A Public Health England spokesman
said they would stand by the recommendations of the guidelines. He said: "This
helps to break the habit of drinking regularly and early findings from consumer
research indicates that people may find it easier to reduce drinking occasions
as opposed to drinking the volume consumed on each occasion."
UK government's most senior
health advisor, the Chief Medical Officer recommends people refrain from
drinking on at least two days a week. However, the newly proposed guidelines
suggest that avoiding alcohol for three to four days a week would probably make
The proposal has received
criticism from politicians and medical professionals. As told to the Daily
Mail, GP Martin Scurr says, "Giving up alcohol on alternate days is not
something most doctors would recognise as a helpful strategy to curb excessive
drinking. It's hard to see how this plan from Public Health England will
persuade excessive drinkers to rein back."
Other government officials have reportedly said that the
recommendations of the report were "completely unrealistic" and an
example of the "nanny state".