Middle-aged drinkers urged to have more alcohol-free days

Middle-aged wine drinkers are urged to aim to have at least two days off alcohol every week

Middle-aged should have 'drink-free' days, say campaigners

"People have also told us that the idea of a "drink-free" day is much easier to manage than cutting down, say, from one large glass of wine to a small glass of wine".

PHE and charity Drinkaware have teamed up on a new Drink Free Days campaign, to encourage people, especially those in middle age, to up their number of drink-free days each week.

Middle-aged drinkers who often visit the pub after work, have a glass of wine over dinner and consume alcohol while watching sporting events are said to be most at peril.

A YouGov poll has found that one in five of United Kingdom adults are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer's low risk drinking guidelines and more than two thirds of these say they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than one or more other lifestyle changes - improving their diet, exercising more, or reducing their smoking, if they were smokers.

And two-thirds said they would find cutting down on their drinking harder to do than improving their diet, exercising more or reducing their smoking.

Middle-aged drinkers in the United Kingdom are being urged to have alcohol-free days as part of a new drive to improve health, the UK's public health agency said Monday.

It's also an easy way to pile on the pounds, the statement added.

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The variety of low and no-alcohol options has improved over recent times, meaning those who don't want to drink alcohol have options to choose from, according to UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls.

"About 10 million people in England are drinking in ways that increase health risks and many are struggling to cut down".

Anti-alcohol lobbyist in chief Prof Ian Gimore has threatened to quit his role as an adviser to Public Health England in protest of its partnership with Drinkaware.

Drinkaware chief executive Elaine Hindal said: "An increasing number of people, particularly middle-aged drinkers, are drinking in ways that are putting them at risk of serious and potentially life-limiting conditions such as heart disease, liver disease and some types of cancer".

Launched in March 2016, One You from Public Health England is the first nationwide programme to support adults in making simple changes that can have a huge influence on their health, could help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease and reduce risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life.

This includes the creation of the One You Drink Free Days app based on Public Health England's digital platform, which has already demonstrated a strong track record of encouraging behaviour change. YouGov interviewed 8,906 United Kingdom adults aged 18 to 85 online between 14 May and 5 June 2018.

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