Amazing Health Discovery You Need to Know on Alcohol Consumption; Both men and women should endeavor to drink not more than 14 units of alcohol per week – which is equal in value to six pints of average beer strength or seven glasses of wine – so as to keep their health risks at low portion, new discovery has suggested.
The latest Health Department limits – which came into effect to perform the activities of the previous ones on drinking, brought out a breakdown of what you ought to know as against the breakdown set out 21 years ago.
The breakdown you need to know goes as follows:
Why the breakdown now?
The government (UK) previously mentioned it had apprehended “adequate concerns” from experts on the knowledge of alcohol and its health risks.
The former existing guidelines came on board in 1995 and the connections between alcohol and cancer and heart disease were not as well known then as they are now.
It is now understood that the hazards from alcohol consumption begins from any level of regular drinking and gets higher with the amount being drunk. The latest guidelines have been placed at a level to avoid the risk of death from cancers or other diseases “low”.
What are the changes?
The latest changes touch men more than women.
Earlier time, women were advised to consume not above 2-3 units a day and men, not above 3-4 units. Technically this translates to mean men could drink up to 28 units a week, although the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommended no more than 21 units should be consumed in a week.
The former guidance said that by adapting to the limits, there was “only a little risk of causing harm in major circumstances”.
However, the new guidelines now clearly communicate that both men and women should consume no more than 14 units over the course of three days period or more. This is equal in value to a bottle and a half of wine over the course of seven days.
The guidelines also state that it’s best not to “save up units” and consume them all in one go and to ensure you have some days free of alcohol consumption.
Is small amount of alcohol still good for you?
The new suggestions appear to be tilting away from this long-held acceptance of small amount of alcohol being good for one.
The review discovered that the health benefits of alcohol for the heart only apply for women who are aged 55 and above – and notwithstanding, it should be in very small amounts, of about five units a week.
The rules state as follows: “There is no justification for recommending drinking on health grounds – or for starting drinking for health reasons.”
It also states that available proof in support of alcohol consumption in small amounts, to maintain good health was “lacking power than it was at the time of 1995”.
- Will you be drinking less from now on?
What about alcohol consumption while pregnant?
The issue of alcohol consumption while pregnant has caused great debate.
But the new rules for pregnant women as regards to alcohol consumption have now been updated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which clearly states that no level of alcohol is safe to consume during pregnancy.
Prior to the new rules, it was suggested that for women who had chosen to drink, consuming no more than one or two units of alcohol – same in value to one or two small glasses of wine – would “reduce the risk to their babies”.
The latest guidance recommends that for women who do consume that amount of alcohol lowers the risk to their babies, but “nevertheless, we cannot eliminate the consideration of the risks altogether”.
What is the safe level of drinking?
There is none. The new suggestions have bitterly said the truth that the above-stated guidelines (old rules) are not for “safe” drinking, but rather for the purposes of reducing the risk of illness.
The consumption of all forms of alcohol carries some risks, the guidance says.
“The greater number of the population can lessen the risks of health further if they lower drinking below the guideline levels, or do not consume alcohol at all,” the guidance says.
Consuming alcohol above the latest recommended 14 units a week is the angle at which a person’s risk of an early mortality increases by 1% – the same value equated to the amount of risk in car driving.
Events in other places as per alcohol guidelines
The guidelines suggest that the United Kingdom has come to be one of the more rigid countries in Europe when it has to do with suggesting limits on the consumption of alcohol.
The table below illustrates the rules for 12 European countries apart from UKA- for which the Health Department had statistical data. The figures illustrate recommended alcohol units per week.
|Denmark||Maximum alcohol consumption||21||32|
|Finland||A risk limit, not limits||24||36|
|France||Lower levels of risk||18||26|
|Italy||Low risk||9 to 18||18 to 35|
|Malta||Safe, sensible, responsible||14 to 18||21 to 26|
|Netherlands (Health Council)||Acceptable for adult drinkers||9||18|
|Switzerland||Low risk||9 to 18||18 to 26|
What are the thoughts of Experts?
A University of Liverpool lecturer- Prof Matt Field, mentioned that one of the most imperative changes with the suggestions is that there isn’t any “safe” level of alcohol intake.
“Any quantity of alcohol is linked with expansion in the number of diseases risk; the frequently-reported protective effects will not be utilised on the majority of people and in cases where they are applied, they have to do with very low levels of alcohol consumption. So, the consumption of any quantity of alcohol carries some risk,” he said.
“It is also imperative to lay emphasis on the reason for the issuance of this advice. This does not connote telling people what to do. Rather, people have a right to give accurate information on alcohol and its health hazards in order for them to have the capacity to make informed decisions about their behaviour in the course of behaviour.
A lecturer in alcoholic studies at the University of Stirling- Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, said: “The aim of these new rules is to ensure the public has the latest accurate orientation on how they can lessen health hazards from alcohol if they decide to drink.
“Most people know of the connectivity between smoking and cancer, but many lesser people are aware of the proof connecting alcohol consumption with greater risk of future health issues, most especially cancers of the intestines, mouth, and breast cancer associated with women.”
Dame Sally Davies- Chief Medical Officer for England, said: “I urge pregnant women to understand clearly that they should keep away from alcohol as a precaution. Notwithstanding the risk of harm to the baby is minimal, if they possess small amounts of alcohol (that make them drunk) before becoming aware of the pregnancy, there is no ‘safe’ quantity of alcohol to consume when you are pregnant.”