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WSTA comments on guidelines for alcohol consumption


The Government has issued its response to the public consulation on the Chief Medical Officers' low risk drinking guidelines.

The widely-criticised guidelines suggested that men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week, removed the daily alcohol guideline, stated that those who drink alcohol should spread the 14 units over at least three days and have some alcohol free days, and controversially stated that there is “no safe level” of alcohol consumption.

The Government’s response has clarified a number of issues with the original wording of the guidelines however the guidelines fundamentally remain the same.

WSTA has issued the following response:

“It is widely recognised that moderate and responsible consumption of alcohol is compatible with a healthy lifestyle and carries a degree of risk comparable with many other day to day activities.   Rather than inform the consumer these revised guidelines will only serve to confuse.

“The revised guidelines also completely fail to take account of the reduction in alcohol consumption in the UK, which has seen a decline of nearly a fifth in the last decade. 

“We will reflect and consult our members on our position in response to the publication of the consultation response.”


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