How Do New Alcohol Limits Compare To Those Around The World?

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    How do the new Alcohol guidelines for the UK compare to the rest of the world?

    In news that will leave Dry January bores even more smug, the Department of Health today slashed safe alcohol limits just in time for the weekend. But with no official World Health Organisation guidance on a maximum alcohol intake, it means every country is just coming up with its own rules.

    Previously, in the UK, the maximum amount of alcohol units women were told they should consume was 21 a week, or 3 per day (about the same as a daily 175ml glass of wine). For men it had been 4 units or a pint of beer a day, although it was recommended that we kept it to 14 and 21 respectively.

    But bringing men in line with women, Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Office for England, this morning advised that nobody should be drinking more than 14 units a week – the equivalent of 7 glasses (or a bottle and a half) of wine.

    The biggest shake up to guidelines for 20 years comes after a new report about alcohol’s strong links to cancer and heart disease which means ‘no amount’ of moderate drinking daily is technically safe.

    But how do our new weekly upper limit guidelines compare with other countries around the world?

    UK
    Men 14 Women 14

    Spain
    Men 35 Women 22

    France
    Men 35 Women 24

    USA
    Men 24 Women 12

    Ireland
    Men 22 Women 14

    Czech Republic
    Men 21 Women 14

    Denmark
    Men 22 Women 14

    Italy
    Men 21 Women 12

    New Zealand
    Men 19 Women 13

    Australia
    Men 17.5 Women 17.5

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