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England’s chief medical officer has revised their advice on alcohol consumption, which brings the recommended intake of alcohol for women in line with that of men.
The new advice claims that both men and women should not consume more than 14 units of alcohol per week – equivalent roughly to seven small glasses of 11.5% ABV wine, or six pints of 4% ABV beer.
The changes also reflect the fact that even low levels of alcohol consumption can impact negatively on consumers’ health and contribute to an increased likelihood of developing cancer. The chief medical officer has said that the new recommendations should be applied moderately over three or more days, while at least two days per week are kept alcohol-free.
It is the first time since 1995 that the advice has been changed in full.
Sally Davies, England’s current chief medical officer, said: “Drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for anyone, but if men and women limit their intake to no more than 14 units a week it keeps the risk of illness like cancer and liver disease low.”
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