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CAMRA: men 'do not believe' new drinking guidelines

By Emily Sutherland contact

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Experts have called for health warnings on all alcohol amid fears middle-aged men are drinking too much
Experts have called for health warnings on all alcohol amid fears middle-aged men are drinking too much

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A leading figure from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has rejected calls for health warnings on all alcoholic drinks amid concerns millions of middle-aged men are drinking more than the recommended guidelines of 14 units per week.

In a letter to the Guardian​, CAMRA national director Nick Boley argued men are not ignoring the guidelines out of disregard of  their health, but because they ‘do not believe’ them.

He said: “It would be helpful if the UK’s chief medical officers could explain what evidence they have that is not available to their equivalents in other EU countries. For example, the equivalent figure in Spain, not a country traditionally noted for a culture of problem drinking or alcohol-related health issues, is 34 units.

“The new UK guidelines seem to ignore previous well-regarded studies which showed the beneficial health effects of moderate alcohol consumption of alcoholic drinks with total abstinence.”

He added: “Indeed, one could surmise that they will only be content when every brewer, cider-maker, wine-maker, distiller and publican has been driven out of business and a significant plank of our culture has been destroyed.”

The new guidelines also came under fire last week from CAMRA chief​ executive Tim Page, who said they ‘lacked credibility’ and CPL director Paul Chase, who called for an independent review. 

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