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Letters New guidance on drinking

Alcohol consumption—the importance of context

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 04 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i580
  1. Richard M Hoffman, senior lecturer1,
  2. Mariette Gerber, expert2
  1. 1University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK
  2. 2French Food, Environment and Work Safety Agency (ANSES), 94701 Maisons-Alfort Cedex, France
  1. R.Hoffman{at}

The new drinking guidelines do not adequately account for the complex interactions of alcohol with other factors in the diet.1 For example, low to moderate alcohol consumption during a meal is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, one of the healthiest diets in …

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