Alcohol consumption limits set in 1995 should not be raised, MPs hear

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 14 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6658
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Ministers would be wrong to relax “sensible drinking” levels set out in guidance to the public, health experts have told a parliamentary inquiry.

Specialist doctors and academics urged MPs to make it clear to the government that upper limits for regular alcohol consumption should not be raised under any circumstances.

The Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is inquiring into the evidence base for alcohol guidelines, questioned health professionals and drinks industry representatives on 12 October.

The chief medical officer recommends that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day and women should not regularly drink more than two to three units a day.

Sir Ian Gilmore, a liver specialist at the …

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