Experts warn on two-day drinking

Health officials believe advising people never to drink two days in a row would have a positive impact

Health officials believe advising people never to drink two days in a row would have a positive impact

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New guidelines telling people never to drink two days in a row are being considered by health officials.

The advice is part of a raft of proposals contained in Public Health England's (PHE) latest marketing strategy, covering a range of issues including sexual health, exercise and smoking.

A regional pilot scheme will take place, the strategy document states, focusing on promoting irregular drinking.

As part of a bid to make it easier for adults to drink at "lower-risk levels", the 92-page paper says: "D aily drinking is a key contributor to increased risk, so it is possible that promoting a simple approach such as never drinking two days in a row would have a positive impact."

PHE, an arms-length body of the Department of Health, said it is focusing on reducing increasing drinking among adults, as social marketing has little effect on those already dependent on alcohol.

It also admits there is "too little money" to tackle problems across all groups in society, including young people and young adults - stating that there is an £800 million spend each year by the drinks industry but only around £10 million available to public health and charities tackling issues associated with drinking.

The results of the initiatives are expected to inform a recommendation in time for the Chief Medical Officer's new guidance next year.

GP Martin Scurr told the Daily Mail: "Giving up alcohol on alternate days is not something most doctors would recognise as a helpful strategy to curb excessive drinking.

"It's hard to see how this plan from Public Health England will persuade excessive drinkers to rein back."

The PHE strategy said that changes to pricing, the availability and the strength of alcohol are more likely to have "immediate positive impacts" and added that it would continue to work on those areas.

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12:51pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Perfman says...

That is my health regime buggered!
That is my health regime buggered! Perfman
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7:23pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

Probably the best advice, is don't drink at all! But of course that would make their useless survey even more more useless. Think about it and vote Thumbs up. :-)
Probably the best advice, is don't drink at all! But of course that would make their useless survey even more more useless. Think about it and vote Thumbs up. :-) MrTomSmith
  • Score: 2

8:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Copperhead says...

I recall a conversation with my grandad many years ago concerning his alcohol consumption.
He was about 75 at the time - this was 1965 - and grandma told us that their doctor had told grandad to limit his consumption to " one drink a day ". No alcohol " points " in those days !
One night, he was " merry " as usual and I asked him about his " one a day " allowance. He smiled at me and pointed to his glass and said - " This one is for New Year's Eve, 1999 ".
As he was born in 1890, served in WW1, got gassed, lost an eye, smoked like a chimney, didn't retire till he was 70 and lived till he was 83, I reckon he was entitled to his drink.
His generation would p*ss on the current crop of elf'n'safety obsessed, vegan, teetotal, non-smoking, diversity-mad metrosexuals who dictate what is acceptable in today's society.
I recall a conversation with my grandad many years ago concerning his alcohol consumption. He was about 75 at the time - this was 1965 - and grandma told us that their doctor had told grandad to limit his consumption to " one drink a day ". No alcohol " points " in those days ! One night, he was " merry " as usual and I asked him about his " one a day " allowance. He smiled at me and pointed to his glass and said - " This one is for New Year's Eve, 1999 ". As he was born in 1890, served in WW1, got gassed, lost an eye, smoked like a chimney, didn't retire till he was 70 and lived till he was 83, I reckon he was entitled to his drink. His generation would p*ss on the current crop of elf'n'safety obsessed, vegan, teetotal, non-smoking, diversity-mad metrosexuals who dictate what is acceptable in today's society. Copperhead
  • Score: 9
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