Alcohol guidelines 'set for a reason', says RCGP

Publication date: 10 September 2018

The RCGP has welcomed a new Public Health England public awareness campaign on alcohol. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

Any form of substance misuse can have serious, negative consequences on our patients' health and wellbeing. Alcohol intake has been linked to a range of serious, chronic diseases including liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and some cancers.

"GPs are not killjoys, and although there is not completely safe level of alcohol intake, the upper drinking limits are set for a reason, and we would encourage everyone to try and stick to limiting their intake to a maximum of 14 units a week, with at least two alcohol-free days every week.

"It's always good to see balanced public awareness campaigns being launched to encourage patients to take note of how much they drink and, in turn, make sensible lifestyle choices that could drastically improve their health and wellbeing.

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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