Men should stick to just one alcoholic drink a day, say new guidelines
Already two drinks a day are associated with an increased risk of death (Getty Images).
UK alcohol consumption was suspected to have increased during the coronavirus pandemic - with sales immediately before the lockdown surge of 67%.
However, sticking to just one alcoholic drink a day is significantly better according to new guidelines for men's health.
A few drinks are associated with a "significant increase" in the risk of death.
In the United States, the Advisory Committee on Nutritional Guidelines, which previously encouraged men to drink a maximum of two drinks a day, has now reduced this recommendation to one.
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Since women have already advised to stick to an alcoholic drink, they now state that, according to Forbes, both genders should only have "up to one drink a day".
One drink contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol - that's about the equivalent of a small glass of wine.
The change is based on research showing a "modest but significant increase" in the mortality rate between people with two drinks compared to one.
While aimed at Americans, these guidelines are in line with current UK recommendations that encourage people to consume no more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
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This corresponds to two units per day - which are contained in a single half liter of beer.
The new advice from the Advisory Committee on Nutritional Guidelines, which meets every five years, differs significantly from what has been recommended in the decades since the 1980s.
It turns out that more than a quarter of 18- to 25-year-olds do not know that women should avoid alcohol during pregnancy.
The survey of 2,000 people found that 26% did not know the chief doctor's instructions. If you are expecting or trying to have a baby, it is safest to avoid alcohol.
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Only 17% of young adults surveyed said that uterine alcohol exposure does more harm to a baby in the long term than other substances such as heroin, crack cocaine, and smoking.
Almost half (49%) of respondents said they had received information about alcohol during pregnancy on social media, or a teacher had discussed this with them.
The study also found that only one in five (22%) found that the acronym FASD stands for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - the lifelong brain-based disease that can result from exposure to alcohol in the womb.
Sandra Butcher, Managing Director of the National Organization for FASD, commented the results as follows: “Information is power. It is deeply worrying that so few young people are aware of the dangers.
“Alcohol exposure during pregnancy has more lifelong effects on a developing brain and body than heroin. FASD is avoidable - no alcohol, no risk. "
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