At present guidelines state men should consume no more than 3-4 units a day and women not to drink more than 2-3 units a day. These guidelines are being reviewed by the Commons Science and Technology Committee. Their role is to review the medical and scientific evidence behind the current guidelines.
One of the recommendations that has already come from the review is that there should be two types of limit. One should advise how much can be consumed safely consumed on average, the other to advise how many units should not be surpassed. Experts agree that guidelines need to be simplified and that there should be no increase in the limits despite the fact that other European countries have limits that are higher.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Royal College of Physicians special adviser on alcohol, and chairman of Alcohol Health Alliance UK has told the committee ”As someone who still looks after people with liver disease, and with hospital admissions rising, I think that any recommendation to increase limits would add to the tide of harm that we are seeing in our hospitals every day.”