New health guidelines warn ‘any alcohol consumption can cause cancer’

People across the borough have banished the booze for 'Dry January'
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NEW guidelines warn men and women should avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week to avoid major health problems.

The UK’s chief medical officers say the risk of developing cancer and a ‘range of illnesses’ increases with any amount you drink regularly.

They recommend adopting ‘several drink-free days’ and spreading drinking evenly over three days or more.

One or two ‘heavy’ drinking sessions increases the risk of death from long-term illnesses, it’s warned.

Fourteen units is equivalent to six pints of beer, or seven glasses of wine.

The new Department of Health limits - which come into effect on Friday - replace the previous ones on drinking, which were set out 21 years ago.

It comes as The News revealed more people die early from heart attacks in Portsmouth when compared to the rest of the country, with health experts warning alcohol greatly increases the risk of coronary heart disease.

The UK coronary heart disease (CHD) premature death rate is 41 deaths per 100,000 people, but in Portsmouth this stands at 50 deaths per 100,000 people.

Health chiefs under the new guidelines also say that if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.

It’s said drinking in pregnancy can lead to ‘long-term harm’ to the baby, with the more you drink the greater the risk.