Documents to download

On 8 January 2016, the Department of Health published changes to the alcohol guidelines for the United Kingdom. These replace the previous set of guidelines published in 1995, lowering the limit for the weekly alcohol intake for both men and women to 14 units per week. The alcohol guidelines also advise that pregnant women should avoid drinking any alcohol for the duration of their pregnancy, as alcohol can lead to “long-term harm” to their baby.

The move to update the alcohol guidelines followed a review undertaken by two expert groups in health and behaviour in 2012, who had found that there was “significant new, good quality evidence”, unavailable at the time of the previous review in 1995, regarding the effects of alcohol consumption on a person’s health.


Documents to download

Related posts

  • Contribution of the arts to society and the economy

    The government estimates that creative industries generated £126bn in gross value added to the economy and employed 2.4 million people in 2022. A range of research is also examining the way in which creative industries and the arts can positively impact wellbeing, for example through public health interventions. In June 2023, the government published a ‘Creative industries sector vision’ which included a commitment to an additional £77mn in funding.

    Contribution of the arts to society and the economy
  • Performance of maternity services in England

    The government has described the NHS as one of the safest places in the world to give birth. However, multiple reports and independent investigations have highlighted ongoing problems in maternity care in England. This article summarises recent findings on the performance of NHS maternity services in England, as well as recent government and NHS policies aimed at improving the quality of maternity care.

    Performance of maternity services in England
  • Dementia care

    Growing numbers of people in the UK suffer from dementia. Because dementia costs are often associated with social care needs, as opposed to medical treatment, those with dementia are often required to fund the cost of their own care. This has led to calls for more parity between health and social care where dementia is concerned. The government has committed to significant reform of the funding thresholds for social care in England, but these are now not expected until 2025.

    Dementia care