Coming to the end of Dry January?
The Department of Health have recently updated their guidelines on alcohol consumption.
Recommendations within the latest guidelines include:
- The recommendation for men has been reduced from no more than 21 units of alcohol per week to no more than 14 units, the same level as for women.
- A new recommendation not to ‘save up’ the 14 units for 1 or 2 days, but to spread them over 3 or more days. People who have 1 or 2 heavy drinking sessions each week increase the risk of death from long term illnesses, accidents and injuries.
- An updated recommendation for pregnant women to clarify that no level of alcohol is safe to drink in pregnancy, removing the previous advice for pregnant women to limit themselves to no more than 1-2 units of alcohol once or twice per week.
- For the first time, advice on single episodes of drinking – to keep the short term health risks low limit the total amount of alcohol drunk on any one occasion, drink more slowly, with food and alternate with water.
Want to know how many units and how many calories you consume from alcohol? Check out the Drink Aware Calculator.
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