Public Health England and Drinkaware launch Drink Free Days

Drinkers should have at least two alcohol-free days a week to reduce the risk of liver disease cancer and other illnesses health chiefs say

Drinkers should have at least two alcohol-free days a week to reduce the risk of liver disease cancer and other illnesses health chiefs say

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.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, told The Times yesterday that enjoying a drink was "absolutely fine" and his advice to take dry days was a tip rather than a target.

Drinking alcohol regularly can also increase the number of calories consumed and can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Drinkers should focus on having two alcohol-free days a week, the country's most senior public health official said as he distanced himself from the "finger-wagging" approach of NHS colleagues.

A YouGov poll has found that one in five of United Kingdom adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer's low risk drinking guidelines and more than two thirds of these say they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than one or more other lifestyle changes - improving their diet, exercising more, or reducing their smoking, if they were smokers.

He said that drinking should not be treated in the same way as smoking and accepted that alcohol was "a big part of British enjoyment".

'But an increasing number of people, particularly middle-aged drinkers, are drinking in ways that are putting them at risk of serious and potentially life-limiting conditions such as heart disease, liver disease and some types of cancer.

The Drink Free Days campaign is part of a bid to raise awareness of the health problems associated with drinking and has seen the development of an app to give people "practical daily support" to stick to their days off from drinking.

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Having a few drink free days each week, will help reduce the risks to your health and improve your wellbeing.

She said:"Millions of adults in the United Kingdom are drinking in ways that are harmful for their health, often without even realising it".

One in five are drinking above the recommended limit of 14 units a week, equivalent to a small 150ml glass of wine every day, the survey found.

The YouGov poll - by PHE and Drinkaware - surveyed almost 9,000 adults aged 18 to 85 during May and June this year.

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.

"Ultimately you are more likely to cut down if you have some days off drinking", she said.

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), praised the new campaign, as an "easily understandable way" of beginning to control alcohol intake.

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