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Letters UK’s new alcohol guidelines

Drunk on risk: how the chief medical officers’ alcohol guidelines are demonising drink

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1175

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. David M Shaw, senior researcher
  1. Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Bernoullistrasse 28, 4056 Basel, Switzerland
  1. davidmartinshaw{at}

Marteau praises the new alcohol guidelines,1 2 but they send a mixed message that miscommunicates the risks of drinking to the public. Except for the strong willed minority who will quit drinking entirely, the warning that “no alcohol is safe” will probably be counterproductive, as people might be happy to cut down but not to eliminate alcohol completely.3 In addition, …

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