January 9, 2012- Heath officials in the United Kingdom are worried about the effects alcohol is having on the population. A governmental committee has call for the drinking guidelines in the UK to be reviewed. The committee chairperson said guidelines for drinking are a crucial element the government uses to control problem drinking and abuse of alcohol.
The House of Commons committee suggested that individuals should not drink for two days each week. In 1987, the guidelines for drinking in the UK were 21 units per week of alcohol for men and 14 units for women.
In the 1990s, the guidelines were changes to daily rates of drinking saying the average person should not drink on a regular basis over four units daily for men and three for women.
Physician Sir Ian Gilmore, a special advisor to the committee, says a review of guidelines needs to be made and a minimum price for booze must be put in place. He said, “Not only placing guidelines on quantity is important but also on frequency.”
He added, “The possibility of liver disease is increased in those that drink on a daily or close to a daily basis compared to those who drink more periodically.”
Many are calling for stricter warnings such as those that tobacco companies are required to use on labeling. They feel warnings need to be clearly stated along with the potential harm alcohol could cause those who drink.