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NHS New Guidelines Abstain Drinkers from Alcohol Consumption for Two Days a Week

by Reshma Anand on January 2, 2016 at 4:44 PM
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NHS New Guidelines Abstain Drinkers from Alcohol Consumption for Two Days a Week

The Public Health Department has decided to release a new set of guidelines for alcoholics in the UK. They are advised to abstain from alcohol for at least two days a week to let their bodies recover.

The current NHS guidelines allow men to drink not more than three to four units a day (21 units a week) while women should not drink more than two to three units a day ( 14 units a week).

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Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has conducted a review of the current guidelines and has decided to reduce the maximum daily intake for men as the same level of women. It will state that there is no "safe" alcohol limit and even drinking small amounts could cause illnesses including cancer.

A recent University College London study found patients who gave up for four weeks saw benefits for their liver function, blood pressure and cholesterol levels and were also at lower risk of developing diabetes and liver disease.

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."

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