Health bosses are urging people to have 'drink-free' days

Desiree Burns
September 13, 2018

A poll of almost 9,000 adults by YouGov suggested people would find cutting down on their drinking harder than improving their diet, exercising more or cutting down on smoking.

Type 2 diabetes is also linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. "PHE is steadfast in its ambition to reduce the harms that drinking too much alcohol can cause and we will work together with any partner that speaks to the evidence and shares the same commitment".

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Middle-aged people should have two consecutive alcohol-free days if they can, to reduce health risks.

"But an increasing number of people, particularly middle-aged drinkers, are drinking in ways that are putting them at risk of serious and potentially life limiting conditions such as heart disease, liver disease and some types of cancer".

The guidelines also came under fire from the Royal Statistical Society for ruling that even low levels of drinking did not offer men any protective benefit, when experts producing the guidelines had said a unit a day could cut strokes and heart disease.

Selbie added that the health risks of drinking should not be regarded in the same way as smoking, and that "narking at people" about what they may be doing wrong was futile.

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A dedicated website has been set up to support the campaign, offering information, resources and app recommendations to help people looking to cut back on their alcohol intake.

Whether you see having a glass of wine at the end of a long day as a treat, or just the normal thing to do, it's surprising how quickly you can rack up more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov.

The YouGov poll - by PHE and Drinkaware - surveyed almost 9,000 adults aged 18 to 85 during May and June this year. Data has been weighted to be representative of the United Kingdom adult population according to gender, age, social grade and region.

Research shows that middle-aged drinkers are more likely to be drinking more (above the 14 units lower risk guidelines) than the general population: Adult Survey for England 2016 - Adult Health Trends (table 10).

PHE and Drinkaware will separately undertake full independent evaluations and peer review processes.

"Moderate alcohol consumption is clearly part of this and lower-strength drinks like beer have a real part to play and can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet".

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