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RCP comments on the frequency of alcohol consumption

Following oral and written evidence given to the Science and Technology Committee's Inquiry into the evidence base for alcohol, Sir Ian Gilmore, Royal College of Physicians (RCP) special adviser on alcohol, has commented on the frequency of alcohol consumption. In a written comment given to the Daily Mail, Sir Ian said:

In addition to quantity, safe alcohol limits must also take into account frequency. There is an increased risk of liver disease for those who drink daily or near daily compared with those who drink periodically or intermittently.

We recommend a safe alcohol consumption limit of between 0–21 units a week for men and 0–14 units a week for women provided the total amount is not drunk in one or two bouts and that there are two to three alcohol free days a week. At these levels, most individuals are unlikely to come to harm.