paperbackstack_500x500According to the BBC Breakfast show there is no safe level of drinking. 

Are you looking forward to a nice glass of wine this evening after a hard week back at work? Well this news might unsettle you – new official guidelines say there is NO safe level of drinking alcohol. The first review of NHS advice in 20 years warns that even a small amount can raise the risk of cancer. It also recommends that the weekly alcohol limit for men should now be the same as for women – no more than 14 units of alcohol a week.”

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The United Kingdom is running an initiative called Dry January

In a first, Public Health England has teamed up with charity Alcohol Concern, which owns the trademark for the term ‘Dry January’, to run a £500,000 digital, press and radio campaign, created by M&C Saatchi.

The digital campaign includes a website, Twitter feed and Facebook page offering tips and encouragement to those taking part.

PHE marketing director Sheila Mitchell explained that using “moments” such as its Stoptober drive, which urges smokers to give up for during the month of October, had “proved to be really successful for us”.

The Huffington Post had this to say about Dry January:

Previous studies have found that a drinking hiatus — even one that’s just a month long — can have supreme health benefits like better liver function and a reduced risk for diabetes. Learn more about the studies in the video above.

You can read more here at the Huffington Post.

M.K. Kirby has released a new book called “Unpickle your liver” which details how you can cut down on your drinking and still have fun.

“I have just published an easy-read but seminal book, to help drinkers of all levels understand the best place of alcohol in their lives. It is a coaching book in effect but it aims to trigger, and then lever the reader’s inner resources, by looking at all the subtle and not-so-subtle effects of alcohol on all the systems and processes of the body.

I know that there are many drinkers who may not be ready to read a book, especially those with underlying problems or massive challenges in their lives, but I believe that my book is a bit different in its approach, and that it will have a great impact on all who read it, especially youngsters who have not yet embarked upon a heavy drinking style, and others who realise that their drinking is increasing in an unhealthy way. Indeed, there is a wealth of information in the book for all levels of drinker, from those who hardly ever take a drink to those bordering on alcoholism. The book is designed to keep the reader interested, and in no way ‘wags a finger’ or preaches as it gets the crucial points across.”

 

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