In January 2016, the guidance around recommended limits of alcohol was updated by the government's Chief Medical Officer. The new guidance states that the limits for both men and women are the same – which is to not drink more than 14 units a week, and spreading these units evenly over 3 or more days.
The theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness Week, organised by Alcohol Concern, looks at the links between alcohol and health, and raises awareness of how drinking above these recommended levels can increase the risk of developing a number of life-threatening diseases:
- Alcohol and Cancer
- Alcohol and Depression
- Alcohol and Dementia
- Alcohol and Breast Cancer
- Alcohol and Diabetes
- Alcohol and Hypertension
Did you know?
• Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
• Alcohol is one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity
• Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
• In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
• For every £1 invested in specialist alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime costs