Public Health England and Drinkaware launch Drink Free Days

Desiree Burns
September 12, 2018

Health chiefs in the United Kingdom are launching a "drink-free days" campaign to target regular drinkers amid fears health risks are "creeping" up on them.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive at Public Health England, said: "Many of us enjoy a drink - but it's all too easy to let our drinking creep up on us".

Selbie was unwavering. "We think our advice on drink-free days is easily understandable, pragmatic and sensible", he said.

The more alcohol people drink, the greater their risk of developing a number of serious potentially life limiting health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as 7 types of cancer.

A new campaign is urging people between the ages of 45 and 65 to have regular "drink-free" days.

Whilst people with diabetes are not specifically discouraged from drinking alcohol, some alcohols such as beer and cider can contain higher amounts of sugar, increasing the risk of high blood sugar.

She also pointed out that many people in this demographic were struggling with their weight, and that they didn't realise how many calories were contained in alcohol.

The results of a survey carried out by polling agency YouGov and published to mark the launch of the campaign suggests one in five adults living in the United Kingdom consume more alcohol that the low risk drinking guidelines issued by the Chief Medical Officers.

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Former England and Liverpool footballer John Barnes is supporting the campaign, which will provides people with a range of tools and resources to help them cut back and make better choices about their drinking.

Gilmore said PHE should not have launched a joint campaign with the drinks industry-funded charity in a bid to encourage middle-aged drinkers to more days off from drinking.

'But remember, just because you have taken a few days off doesn't mean that you can drink more than usual on the other days'.

"Having a few more days a week that are drink free is a great way of taking control of our drinking and making healthier choices for the future which is why I am supporting this fantastic campaign".

In 2016, the government cut the alcohol limits it recommended for men and women to no more than 14 units a week - equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or seven glasses of wine. YouGov interviewed 8,906 United Kingdom adults aged 18 to 85 online between 14 May and 5 June 2018.

In a letter to the Times, the pair claimed that PHE had failed to learn lessons from the industry using voluntary agreements and other partnerships with health bodies to "undermine, water down or otherwise neutralise policies to reduce consumption".

Recently a large global study by the Lancet showed that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, even though the risks associated with one glass a day were small.

The Drink Free Days app is a simple and easy way to track the days you drink alcohol and the days you don't.

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