MEN will be advised to drink no more than a pint and a half of beer a day in a nanny state New Year health crackdown, The Sun reports. In a highly controversial move, daily alcohol guidelines will be cut so lads are held to the same “safe level” cap as women. Currently men are advised to not regularly drink more than three to four units a day, around two pints of four per cent beer.
A source said: “It will effectively cut men’s recommended units from 21 to 14.” The news will dismay revellers preparing for tonight’s New Year’s Eve knees-up. The rules have been drawn up as part of a Government-ordered review led by England’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies. Ministers planned to publish them after the Christmas party season, but The Sun obtained details early.
Critics questioned why the crackdown is being ordered with booze consumption falling. Official figures show the number of men breaching guidelines fell from 41 per cent in 2005 to 34 in 2013. Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the Institute for Economic Affairs, said: “This grim news is not based on the evidence.
“It looks like we’re moving in a direction where in ten to 15 years the advice will be there is no safe level and we should not drink a drop.” A Dept of Health spokesman said: “The Chief Medical Officer has reviewed guidelines. The proposals will be published in the New Year.”