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Lack of awareness linked to alcohol-related health problems

Published on 19/10/2009
Many Brits are unknowingly putting their health at risk due to a lack of awareness about the recommended intake of alcoholic units and the long-term effects of excess drinking.

New guidance commissioned by the Department of Health and issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has proposed a number of measures designed to make buying alcohol more difficult and less affordable.

Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: "Tackling the UK drinking culture requires a long-term approach. A range of measures will be required to create that change and education is an essential part.

"Enabling people to make positive choices about the role of alcohol in their lives and lifestyles is an essential part of creating a more discerning and empowered population."

According to the most recent NHS figures, three years ago 31 per cent of men reported drinking more than 21 units in an average week, while 20 per cent of women admitted to drinking in excess of 14 units.

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