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Posted on the 18th January 2016

Lancashire residents are being urged to cut down their alcohol intake as new alcohol consumption guidelines are announced.

Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are supporting the Department of Health"s new alcohol consumption guidelines which state that men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week. The new guidelines see units for men being reduced from 21 to 14 which is in line with the recommended units for women. Health risks start from any level of drinking and increase with the amount of alcohol being drunk but limiting alcohol intake to the recommended amount a week spread over three or more days will keep these risks low. The guidelines for pregnant women have also been updated to state that no level of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy.

Gareth Beck, Health Improvement Specialist from the Health Improvement Service said:

"Drinking above the new recommended 14 units a week is the point at which a person`s risk of an early death is increased by 1% - the equivalent amount of risk as driving a car. If you are thinking of reducing your alcohol consumption, choose a drink with a lower ABV percentage and have at least 2 consecutive alcohol free days. 14 units equates to 6 pints of regular strength beer or 6 regular sized glasses of 13% wine. The Drink Aware website has plenty of information about what one unit of alcohol looks like."

Advice on single episodes of drinking is included in the guidelines for the first time and tips to help keep the short term health risks low include:

  • Limiting the total amount of alcohol drunk on any one occasion
  • Drinking more slowly, with food and alternating with water

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