The UK’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies has been asked by the government to review current guidelines on how much alcohol is considered to be safe to drink. Last updated 15 years ago guidance is that women should drink no more than 2-3 units of alcohol a day and men no more than 3-4. Not taken into consideration is that people should have at least two alcohol free days a week, a policy that has been adopted by the Scottish Government. Dame Davies will chair lead the review alongside government officials from the whole of the UK.
Guidance is clearly required with the Department of Health reporting in 2009 that more than 9 million adults in England drink more that the advised guidelines. The Government has recently published its Alcohol Strategy proposals which are designed to tackle the UK’s “binge drinking” culture.