Middle-aged wine drinkers in the United Kingdom urged to aim to have at least two days off alcohol every week
|Sources: telegr...||•||September 21, 2018|
The Telegraph newspaper online has reported Public Health England (PHE) as saying that middle-aged people who enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner should abstain from alcohol on certain days during the week. The warning comes as PHE and Drinkaware officials launch a new “Drink Free Days” campaign designed to help people cut down on drinking alcohol by choosing to abstain on more days.
It comes as a YouGov poll found one in five UK adults are drinking above the chief medical officers' low risk drinking guidelines.
While more than two thirds admitted they would find cutting down on alcohol harder to do than other healthy lifestyle changes such diet improvements, exercising, or quitting smoking.
In recent years there has been growing evidence linking alcohol consumption with cancer among other health risks.
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “Many of us enjoy a drink – but whether it's a few in the pub after work a couple of times a week, some beers on the sofa watching the football or regular wine with our dinner – it's all too easy to let our drinking creep up on us.
“While the link with liver disease is well known, many people are not aware that alcohol can cause numerous other serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease as well as several cancers.”
Drinking alcohol regularly can also increase the number of calories consumed and can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
John Barnes, the former England and Liverpool footballer, has lent his support to the campaign.
He said: “This campaign highlights how many of us don't realise that we are drinking in ways that could be harming our health and how we are struggling to moderate.
“A beer here and a glass of wine there might not seem like much, but the units can add up and so too can the health risks.
“Having a few more days a week that are drink free is a great way of taking control of our drinking and making healthier choices for the future.”
Evidence from behavioural science has suggested that simple and easy ways of helping people to change their behaviour are the most effective. By targeting the omission of drink from single days at a time, it is hoped that the campaign is clear to follow, positive and achievable.
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