Many of us, including I, have joyfully picked up on the reported medical evidence that modest consumption of alcohol, particularly red wine, may be protective against developing heart disease. Unfortunately this now needs to be balanced with emerging concerns about the link between alcohol and an increased risk of cancer and the long-term effects of alcohol on our brains.
Recent medical research, particularly into the latter, makes it difficult to be clear about a safe level of alcohol consumption.
The recommended maximum alcohol consumption limits are now 14 units a week for both men and women.
It is recommended that everyone have at least 2 alcohol–free days each week and that the units consumed are spread evenly across 3-4 days to avoid binge drinking.
Binge drinking is defined as > 8 units in a day for a man and > 6 units a day for a woman.