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UK alcohol guidance has little relevance to people’s lives, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4271 (Published 07 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4271
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Guidelines on the amount of alcohol people should drink are largely ignored in the United Kingdom because they are not seen as relevant to people’s lives, a report has found.

A study carried out by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, in collaboration with the University of Stirling, found that the government’s “lower risk” guidance lacked credibility among drinkers.1 In their analysis of drinkers’ responses to the lower risk guidance, the researchers found three key reasons for the advice being ignored:

  • Suggestions on daily intake are seen …

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