Tuesday 24 January 2017

'Any amount of alcohol has health risk'

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

Any amount of alcohol has health risk. Photo: PA
Any amount of alcohol has health risk. Photo: PA

The weekly recommended alcohol limit for men and women is due to be cut under new advice from the Department of Health.

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A spokesman said alcohol guidelines were under review and it agreed with the UK department of health's new advice that "any amount of alcohol carries a health risk". The new UK guidelines mean Ireland's recommended maximum intake of alcohol per week for men is 50pc higher than that in the UK.

It equates to around three pints more a week.

The weekly consumption limits for women are similar.

Dr Frank Murray of the Royal College of Physicians said yesterday the UK report meant guidelines of 1995 underestimated the harmful effects of alcohol and cancer.

And the beneficial effects of alcohol, if any, were exaggerated, said the liver specialist.

"This is the first review in 20 years and much has changed in terms of what we know about the harm caused by alcohol consumption." he said.

Irish Independent

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