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Drink? Not a problem

Guidelines on safe alcohol consumption limits that have shaped health policy in Britain for 20 years were “plucked out of the air” as an “intelligent guess”....

[T]he recommended weekly drinking limits of 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 for women [introduced in 1987...have] no firm scientific basis whatsoever.

Subsequent studies [have] found evidence which suggested that the safety limits should be raised, but they were ignored by a succession of health ministers.

One found that men drinking between 21 and 30 units of alcohol a week had the lowest mortality rate in Britain. Another concluded that a man would have to drink 63 units a week, or a bottle of wine a day, to face the same risk of death as a teetotaller. (My emphasis)...Read the full article

Posted at 16th Dec 2007 - 11:14PM   Posted by Jackofall   Drink? Not a problem Comments: 3

Frances's Avatar International news junkie that I am, I think that this bit of alcohol info is something that I might have read.

Does this mean that my news reading has a focus. No! I am a very unfocused, but extremely follower of the the news.

Isn't moderation always the best way. Don't say no too often, don't say yes too often.

Re alcohol: there is an article in the current The New Yorker magazine about Malcolm Lowry and his wife Margerie. Guess that it might be able to read it on the mag's website.

I can still remember reading Under the Volcano for the first time. Still have the paperback on my bookshelf. I was so young when I read that book that I really had no idea of what it meant to be young and as talented as Lowry was, and what it meant to get older.

Gosh, Jacko, didn't mean to write all that!

Posted by: Frances on 16th Dec 2007 at 11:21PM

Cait's Avatar I'm no scientist but guidelines must have been plucked out of the air mustn't they?

Posted by: Cait on 17th Dec 2007 at 01:02AM

Jackofall's Avatar The Day of the Dead is the New Yorker article.

Posted by: Jackofall on 17th Dec 2007 at 09:27AM

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