Have alcohol free days

People should not drink for two days a week, according to a group of MPs.

It is one of the recommendations in a report by the Commons science and technology committee, which is calling for a review of government guidelines on alcohol throughout UK.

It says there are sufficient concerns” about the recommendations on how much people should drink.

Advice on the maximum units of alcohol that should be consumed was introduced in 1987 recommending that men should have no more than 21 units a week and women should have no more than 14.

In 1995, the advice was changed to recommend that men did not regularly drink more than three to four units per day. The figures were two to three units for women. IIn the report’s conclusion it said:

“We were disappointed to find that alcohol consumption guidelines for the general adult population had not been formally reviewed since 1995.

“Since then, a greater body of scientific evidence has emerged that challenges the guidelines. In particular, more studies have emphasised the causal relationships between alcohol and cancers, and the theory that drinking alcohol at low quantities may confer health benefits has been vigorously disputed.

“At a time when the Government is putting efforts into encouraging people to drink within guidelines, we consider that a review of the evidence would increase public confidence in the guidelines.

The report also said having two alcohol-free days would “would enforce the message that drinking every day should be avoided”.

It also highlighted problems when it came to understanding how many units of alcohol there are in a drink. A survey by the Office for National Statistics said 90% of people had heard of units, yet fewer than a third knew how much one unit of wine was and only 13% kept a check on the units they drank.

The MPs recommended adults have at least two alcohol-free days a week after the Royal College of Physicians warned the risk of liver disease, alcohol dependence and serious illness increases if people drink every day.