Government advice on sensible drinking does not conflict with the data

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.624c (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:624
  1. Anthony Thorley
  1. Senior medical officer, alcohol and drugs Department of Health, London SE1 8UG

    EDITOR,—Ian White draws attention to two points of controversy arising from the government's report Sensible Drinking.1 2 One is the report's “effective increase in sensible drinking levels,” and the other is “whether specific alcoholic beverages carry more benefit than others.”

    The debate on whether specific alcoholic beverages carry more cardioprotective benefit than others will continue as new data come in. The most recent papers examined by White support the view that the French paradox is a complex phenomenon …

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