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United Kingdom. Department of Health. (2016) UK Chief Medical Officers’ alcohol guidelines review. Summary of the proposed new guidelines. London: Department of Health. 7 p.

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Summary of the proposed new guidelines
1. This summary of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMOs) advice to the public is intended to help those providing feedback on the consultation, by explaining the 3 main recommendations. The main Guidelines development group (‘the expert group’) report and key background papers have been published alongside the consultation documents.
2. The proposed guidelines and the expert group report that underpins them, have been developed on the basis of the following principles:
• People have a right to accurate information and clear advice about alcohol and its health risks.
• There is a responsibility on Government to ensure this information is provided for citizens in an open way, so they can make informed choices.
3. The new guidelines have been developed to inform the public about the known health risks of different levels and patterns of drinking, particularly for people who want to know how to keep long term health risks from regular drinking of alcohol low.
4. Individuals will make their own judgements as to risks they are willing to accept from alcohol, whether to drink alcohol, and how much and how often to drink. These guidelines should help people to make informed choices.
5. At the request of the UK CMOs, three independent groups of experts have met over the last 2½ years to consider the evidence on the health effects of alcohol; and whether this could form the basis of new advice to the public.
6. The UK Chief Medical Officers considered and accepted the advice of the expert group and agreed on 3 main recommendations:
• A weekly guideline on regular drinking;
• Advice on single episodes of drinking; and
• A guideline on pregnancy and drinking.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction, Education and training
Date:January 2016
Pages:7 p.
Publisher:Department of Health
Corporate Creators:United Kingdom. Department of Health
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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