Blenheim responds to the new alcohol guidelines

Blenheim’s Chief Executive, John Jolly said:

“We welcome the new recommended drinking guidance that has been announced by the Chief Medical Officer today, its first review in 10 years. The change in the recommended drinking limits and the information given about the health risks associated with drinking give the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about their alcohol use.

“There is no safe level of drinking alcohol and any amount of alcohol increases your risk of injury, a stroke, heart disease, liver disease and many forms of cancer. The inclusion of this information alongside the recommended drinking guidelines is welcomed but we would also call for mandatory health warnings on alcohol products, like those on tobacco products.”

You can read the full guidance here.

The new guidance says that men should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, the same level as for women. This equals 6 pints of average strength beer a week, which would mean a low risk of illnesses such as liver disease or cancer. The previous guidelines were 21 units for men and 14 units for women per week.

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We urge anyone that is concerned about their or someone else’s drinking to get in touch with one of our services.

 

 

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