New alcohol guidelines: No more than 10 drinks per week

We’ve got some bad news for those of you who enjoy a tipple or two…

New draft alcohol guidelines have been released, and Aussies are being advised to cut their maximum alcohol intake back by four drinks a week.

According to The National Health and Medical Research Council, healthy men and women should be drinking no more than 10 standard drinks per week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.


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So if you do the math… 10 standard drinks a week = about 1.4 standard drinks per day.

The draft guidelines also recommend pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and anyone aged under 18-years-old not drink alcohol at all.

CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council Professor Anne Kelso says the main reason for cutting back the maximum weekly consumption of alcohol from 14 standard drinks to 10 was because of evidence showing a link between alcohol and cancer.

“Alcohol is linked to more than 60 medical conditions, particularly numerous cancers. So, we all need to consider the risks when we decide how much to drink,” Professor Kelso said.

“We’re not telling Australians how much to drink. We’re providing advice about the health risks from drinking alcohol so that we can all make informed decisions in our daily lives.

“In 2017 there were more than 4,000 alcohol-related deaths in Australia, and across 2016/17 more than 70,000 hospital admissions.”

Professor Kelso also added that perhaps its safer for some people to not drink at all.

“The less you choose to drink, the lower your risk of alcohol-related harm. For some people not drinking at all is the safest option,” she said.

BRB… I’m just off to invest in a new wine glass.

 

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