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7 In 10 Drinkers ‘IGNORE’ Official Alcohol Limits

A staggering seven out of ten people say they ignore drinking guidelines and have stopped listening to government advice stating there is no safe alcohol limit, according to a new survey.

Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies released guidelines in 2016, calling for unequal level for men and women of 14 units per week, and was accused of “nanny state attitudes” when she told MPs that women should think of breast cancer every time they drink a glass of wine.

Men between the ages of 18 and 50 and young people aged between 18 and 24 are among those least likely to listen to government advice, according to a YouGov poll.

It shows an enormous gap between the government’s tone and the public’s love for a good drink.

The study was carried out for a new consumer group Drinkers’ Voice, set up to provoke a “more sensible” debate on alcohol.

Its organisers claim moderate drinkers have been turned into problem drinkers overnight by the heavy-handed health warnings issued from Whitehall.

The recommended drinking limits have been reduced to 14 units a week for men and women

The recommended drinking limits have been reduced to 14 units a week for men and women

Drinker’s Voice national co-ordinator Amy O’Callaghan said: “The UK’s drinking guidelines are now among the strictest in Europe. It’s no wonder people are turning away from government health advice.

“We have stopped listening to what they are dictating we should drink. As the poll shows, we’re making our own judgement instead.”

The group is seeking public donations to be able to represent ordinary tipplers and bring some common sense back into the debate on alcohol and health.

Oil and gas worker Kenny Alexander, who has joined the group, said: “I don’t know anyone who rushes home on a Saturday night because they are worried about their units for the day.

Experts believe that women should think of breast cancer every time they drink a glass of wine

“The government isn’t speaking in a language which normal people listen to.

“Most of us try to look after ourselves, count our calories and find ways to stay fit. But we can’t always live like that and like a reason to celebrate.”

Josie Appleton, author of Officious: Rise of the Busybody State, added: “The government is blurring the distinction between serious problem drinking and the everyday social drinking enjoyed by millions.

“On what planet does a large glass of wine a night constitute problem drinking? These guidelines are underpinned not by science but by the busybody state’s drive to boss people around and meddle in their private lives.”

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