Balance backs new CMO recommended drinking guidelines
Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, has welcomed the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) recommended tightening of drinking guidelines announced today (Friday 8 January).
Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, commented: “The new CMO recommendations are a positive step forward. The changes are based on strengthening evidence of the link between alcohol and cancer, even when alcohol is consumed at relatively low levels. Around four in 10 North Easterners are drinking at risky levels, but worryingly, awareness of the associated risks to health is still very low.
“People have a right to know that alcohol is in the same cancer causing class as tobacco and the health risks increase even at low levels of consumption. Only by being aware can people make informed choices about how much alcohol they choose to drink.