DO NOT CHANGE THE NUMBERS - CLARIFY THE MESSAGE

Authors
Citation
P. Abraham, DO NOT CHANGE THE NUMBERS - CLARIFY THE MESSAGE, Alcohol and alcoholism, 30(5), 1995, pp. 571-575
Citations number
10
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Note
Categorie Soggetti
Substance Abuse
Journal title
ISSN journal
0735-0414
Volume
30
Issue
5
Year of publication
1995
Pages
571 - 575
Database
ISI
SICI code
0735-0414(1995)30:5<571:DNCTN->2.0.ZU;2-H
Abstract
This is an edited version of the evidence from The Medical Council on Alcoholism (MCA) on 'Sensible Drinking', which is based on the collect ive views of the Education and Public Health Committee and of The MCA Regional Advisers in medical schools throughout the UK. The contributo rs are not only university teachers, but also clinicians and health se rvice providers in touch with patients and the public. On one aspect t here is total unanimity. On no account should the 21/14 units per week figures for men and women, respectively, be changed: the evidence ind icates that this could only lead to increased harm. There seems to be some scope for restatement of the significance of the benchmark such a s that 'below 21/14 units per week is a sensible level, and that, at t wice this level, there is an appreciable increase in risk of harm whic h continues to increase as consumption rises'. Drink-free days are rec ommended, but the need to suggest an additional curb on intake on any given occasion is also emphasized, since heavy consumption of this sor t is that which is particularly associated with behavioural and psycho social problems, notably in the young. Driving is an obvious example w here any drinking could be dangerous. A simple statement such as 'avoi d intoxication and do not exceed 6/4 units in a day, while maintaining the weekly guidelines as at present and bearing in mind the circumsta nces' is proposed.