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Sixty seconds on . . . alcohol guidelines

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i125 (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i125
  1. Nigel Hawkes, freelance journalist
  1. 1London

I see we’re being told to drink less

Not at all! We’re being told how much we can drink before we increase our lifetime risk of premature death by 1%.

And that’s less?

Yes. It’s now 14 units of alcohol a week for men and women, lower than the old guideline of 2-3 units a day for women and 3-4 for men.1

Isn’t wine supposed to stave off heart disease?

A much exaggerated benefit, …

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