So today we have the start of a brave new world as the new UK drinking guidelines have been released by Dame Sally Davies the UK Chief Medical Officer. The quote to the left is taken from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley a book I received as a Christmas present & read over the New Year.
It really resonated with me because it sums up so perfectly the difference between my life drinking and sober. I am happier than I have ever been but my life now looks calm and pedestrian when compared to the excitement, read chaos, of my drinking days ……. Looks can be very deceiving 🙂
People will rail against the new guidelines – the old me would have done too – but the tide is turning on booze or soma, as the substance was called in Brave New World 😉
- UK Chief Medical Officers’ Alcohol Guidelines Review: summary of the proposed new guidelines (summary pdf)
- Alcohol Guidelines Review: report from the guidelines development group to the UK Chief Medical Officers (pdf)
- List of supporting evidence (pdf)
- CMO Alcohol Guidelines Review – Mapping systematic review level evidence This document provides a map of the systematic review level evidence and describes the type and quantity of published material on the health impacts from alcohol | CPH, UK
- CMO Alcohol Guidelines Review – A summary of the evidence of the health and social impacts of alcohol consumption This document provides an overview of the evidence on the health and social impacts of alcohol consumption mapped against the terms of reference of the Expert Group | CPH, UK
- CMO Alcohol Guidelines Review – A summary of the evidence on understanding and response to public health guidelines This document provides a summary of a series of systematic reviews and literature searches undertaken to inform the discussions of the Expert Group around (i) understandings and responses to official public health guidelines in relation to a range of health-related behaviours, and (ii) understandings and responses to alcohol consumption guidelines | CPH, UK
- Mortality and morbidity risks from alcohol consumption in the UK: Analyses using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2.7) to inform the UK Chief Medical Officers’ review of the UK lower risk drinking guidelines Final report (PDF) This study estimates the alcohol consumption levels associated with two definitions of ‘low risk’ drinking which were developed when selecting guideline thresholds in Canada and Australia | University of Sheffield, UK
- New recommended alcohol guideline confirmed for ‘lower risk’ drinking (Alcohol Policy UK)
- The new alcohol guidelines explained (Alcohol Research UK)
- If you are not happy with the new guidelines there is a consultation period where you can offer feedback which you can find here:UK CMO Guidelines Review
There will no doubt be many pages of print & text written about this issue over the next few weeks & I will do my best to update!
Are the government’s new alcohol guidelines an assault on freedom? Just ask John Stuart Mill (The Conversation)
The last week or so has seen some pretty strong debate around the proposed alcohol guidelines published by the Chief Medical Officer. I’d sort of assumed that, like many news events, this debate would be replaced by another issue after a day or so, but in fact a letters debate was still being printed in The Guardian on Thursday 14th January – almost a week after the guidelines came out | Thinking to some purpose blog, UK
This opinion piece rankled my ire!
The state would happily butt out of people’s drinking habits Simon if the NHS didn’t have to pick up the pieces and the cost!!
And this one triggered anger ….
Why those killjoy new alcohol rules are just plain wrong: A devastating critique by an award-winning writer on how alcohol affects our health (Daily Mail)
An important question to ask of this supposedly devastating critique of the new alcohol guidelines is: who paid this journalist to write this?? They are not a medic or public health professional and are calling into question the Chief Medical Officer and all those qualified medical and public health professionals who provided advice and guidance to her during their development. I’d prioritise the opinion of them and Professor Nick Sheron over a writer (award winning or not) any day of the week!
What are your thoughts about them?
Oh and this flippancy from the drinks industry 🙁
And rather than finish with a tune I thought I’d finish with a Radio 4 You and Yours call in that aired last week and some photographic art 🙂
This week England’s chief medical officer will issue new advice on healthy drinking limits. Dame Sally Davies is expected to recommend abstaining from alcohol for at least two days a week. And the daily maximum intake for men could also be cut to the same as for women.
A photograph depicting New Year’s Eve celebrations gone awry in central Manchester has been compared to a Renaissance masterpiece.
Plus if you are in the UK and missed the film Amy (about Amy Winehouse) while it was out at the cinema last year it’s on tonight at 9pm on C4. I’ve been told to have a box of tissues to hand!