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Science: Middle-aged should have ‘drink-free’ days

Science: Middle-aged should have ‘drink-free’ days

Middle-aged drinkers should have more alcohol-free days a week, such an attitude lows the related health risks, advice the Public Health England (PHE) and the Drinkaware Trust campaigners, BBC said.

Drink Free Days (DFD) is a new healthy initiative by the Public Health England. According to Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of PHE, to enjoy a drink is not enough, it is important for people to monitor their alcohol consumption. So, having some alcohol-free days in the week should become a new good habit, believe the activists from PHE, which is part of a growing awareness of the health risks of drinking.

The recent global study by the Lancet showed that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, even though the risks associated with one glass a day were small. Public Health England (PHE) and the Drinkaware Trust, the alcohol awareness charity, will today unveil Drink Free Days, a new joint campaign to help people reduce the amount of alcohol they are regularly drinking.

“Many of us enjoy a drink– but whether it’s a few in the pub after work a couple of times a week, some beers on the sofa watching the football or regular wine with our dinner – it’s all too easy to let our drinking creep up on us,”

Mr Selbie said and added that setting yourself a target of having more drink free days every week is an easy way to drink less and reduce the risks to your health. At the same time, there is no guarantee that people with DFD will not drink even more during common days. It looks like a slimming diet, and people usually hate it.

Alcohol is not healthy, say the Public Health England activists

High alcohol consumption has been linked to a graver risk of developing serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and seven types of cancer. It also increases the number of calories consumed and can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Guidance issued by Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, advises that men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week, which amounts to six 175ml glasses of wine. By the way, Brexit will definitely make the price tag for Italian and French wine higher so soon! So, Britons wil have to have the drink-free days.

A recent study found that life would be shortened by an average of 1.3 years for women and 1.6 years for men for 40-year-old drinkers who exceeded the guidelines compared to those who stuck to the recommended limit.