Alcohol


The government’s alcohol guidelines changed in January this year after over 21 years of remaining the same, to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health harms, particularly cancer.

The alcohol limit for men has been lowered to be the same as for women. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guideline for both men and women is that:

  • You are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week. This is to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level

  • If you do drink as much as 14 units week it is best to spread this evenly across the week

How the advice has changed

  • Previous government guidance set out daily drinking limits of three to four units for men and two to three for women. The new guidance moves to weekly limits to get away from the idea that drinking every day is fine.