Moderate drinking good for you, say campaigners seeking new guidelines
The Government is being urged to hold a new consultation on alcohol consumption after a study showed that most people believe that drinking in moderation is part of a healthy lifestyle.
A survey of more than 2,000 adults revealed that over half disagreed with official health guidelines, and that they should be the same for men and women.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said its research showed that the Health Department should launch a public consultation on whether guidelines on drinking were "fit for purpose".
Scientific studies show moderate drinking can have a protective effect against various health problems including cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and some cancers, said Camra.
The campaign group said the studies were ignored in alcohol guidelines. Speaking at the start of Camra's annual Great British Beer Festival in London, chairman Colin Valentine said: "The figures show that Government advice on drinking is at odds with common sense.
"If the public feels, as our figures suggest, that the guidelines are not credible and lack evidence, the danger is they will increasingly just ignore them.
"There are decades of international scientific evidence showing that moderate drinking can play an important part in a healthy and happy lifestyle."