Drink Limits Change Again!
Scientists are now saying we should drink no more than three small glasses of wine a week. The new advice flies in the face of previous studies, which have shown that drinking alcohol in moderation reduces the risk of dying from heart disease. But the researchers, from Oxford University, say that the benefit of not drinking far outweighed the harm to health caused by regular drinking.
Scientists believe that more than 4,500 lives could be saved annually by changing official advice on ‘safe’ levels of alcohol intake.
It would mean the recommended consumption – for men and women – would be cut to half a unit a day, the equivalent of just a couple of gulps of beer.
But the new study says the ideal intake to prevent chronic disease is five grams a day – around half a unit. This is less than half a small glass of wine and just a quarter of a pint of beer.
The findings could influence the first review of drinking advice for 15 years, amid concern the existing limit wrongly implies that daily drinking is healthy.
Cutting consumption could stem the epidemic of alcohol-related chronic diseases set to cause 210,000 deaths during the next 20 years. Currently, the Department of Health says ‘safe’ drinking levels are three to four units a day for men, or two to three for women.
A small glass of wine contains 1.3 units, while a pint of beer contains at least two units.
“So yet again Scientists are changing their minds about what is good for us, maybe it’s time they let us decided what we want to do” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.