British Liver Trust Response To New Alcohol Guidelines

Posted on: 8th January 2016

The British Liver Trust welcomes today’s publication of new alcohol guidelines – particularly the new message that drinking any alcohol at all carries health risks.  However the Trust believes that some aspects of the guidance could be made clearer.

Andrew Langford, Chief Executive of the Trust said, “The new guidance provides an important  message for both men and women –  that they should drink no more than 14 units a week. However, we know that many people find it difficult to understand exactly how many units are in different drinks. We need much better labelling on all alcoholic drinks and on menus in pub, bars and restaurants to provide this information.

For the health of your liver, we also know that it’s important to give your liver a rest and everyone should take at least two to three days off alcohol every week. The Trust believes that this should be explicit in the new guidelines. 

The Trust will be asking patients and supporters for their views before responding to the DH’s consultation on the clarity and usability of the new guidelines.”

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