Two drinks a day is ‘too many’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - JACKIE SINNERTON

THE of­fi­cial Aus­tralian al­co­hol guide­line of “no more than two drinks daily” is un­safe and must be cut, a new study says.

Aus­tralians were in­volved in the global re­search which found that drink­ing more than 100g of al­co­hol a week – or 10 stan­dard drinks – at the age of 40 can lower life ex­pectancy by up to five years.

The re­searchers likened the risks of drink­ing more than the rec­om­mended daily limit to the health risks of smok­ing.

Half of the 500,000 peo­ple stud­ied ad­mit­ted to drink­ing more than 100g of al­co­hol a week. The more al­co­hol con­sumed, the higher the risk of se­ri­ous con­di­tions in­clud­ing stroke and heart fail­ure, the re­searchers found.

The cur­rent na­tional guide­lines, set in 2009 by the Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil, call for no more than 14 stan­dard drinks per week. They are un­der re­view.

This week the Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land called on peo­ple to drink weekly rather than daily, as hun­dreds are dy­ing of al­co­hol-re­lated can­cer ev­ery year in the state.

Fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt is con­sid­er­ing laws to reg­u­late the in­dus­try.

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