Middle-aged drinkers should have more alcohol-free days - campaigners

Henrietta Strickland
September 10, 2018

A dedicated website provides all the information, resources and apps to help support people, including the One You Drink Free Days app and Drinkaware's Drink Compare Calculator.

The more alcohol people drink, the more they are at greater risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

Health chiefs in the United Kingdom are launching a "drink-free days" campaign to target regular drinkers amid fears health risks are "creeping" up on them.

Regular drinking also increases calorie consumption and can contribute towards obesity and cause Type 2 diabetes, which affects 3.7million Britons.

Selbie told The Times 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.

'Setting yourself a target of having more drink-free days every week is an easy way to drink less and reduce the risks to your health'.

A poll found that one in five United Kingdom adults were drinking above the chief medical officer's low-risk drinking guidelines.

Dr Verne said: "Most middle-aged people are not drinking to become drunk".

Drinkaware chief executive Elaine Hindal said: "The more you drink, the greater the risk to your health".

Dr Julia Verne, a spokeswoman on liver disease for Public Health England said: "Having a day off drinking gives you a chance to clean your system and give your liver a rest".

'Having a few drink-free days each week will help reduce the risks to your health and improve your wellbeing'.

She said:"Millions of adults in the United Kingdom are drinking in ways that are harmful for their health, often without even realising it".

The guidance of not exceeding 14 units of alcohol a week comes from the UK's chief medical officer - with a unit equivalent to a single measure of spirits or half a pint of average strength lager, and a 175ml glass of average strength wine equalling two units.

Middle-aged drinkers are more likely than other age group to drink more than the recommended 14 units a week.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov. This included a subset of 1,847 adults who drank over 14 units in the last week.

Evidence review: this PHE review looks at the impact of alcohol on the public health and the effectiveness of alcohol control policies.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), praised the new campaign, as an "easily understandable way" of beginning to control alcohol intake.

Victoria Taylor, senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation, also backed the advice of taking alcohol free days as a way to "break the habit" of drinking too much, too often.

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