Booze lovers advised to only have 10 drinks per week after new research

A lot of people will be indulging in the booze seeing as Christmas season is coming up.

However, it's been recommended that you only consume 10 alcoholic drinks after new research.

The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol were released in 2020 by the National Health and Medical Research Council and have since been reviewed in an article in the MJA this week.

There are clear suggestions in the document on what a healthy level of drinking involves.

The main guideline from the report is that to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than four on one day.

The MJA said that the less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.

Previously, the guidelines stated two standard drinks per day were acceptable, making it fourteen in a week.

The guidelines also stated that people under the age of 18 and pregnant people should not drink any alcohol.

The guidelines have been updated after increased evidence that has linked alcohol to the risk of cancer, even at lower levels of consumption.

Kate Conigrave, a chair of the Alcohol Working Committee, said previous information on light drinking as a preventative measure hasn't yet been proven.

"Some studies mentioned suggested a possible protective effect of low-level consumption of alcohol, in particular against coronary heart disease," she said in a piece for The Conversation.

"These issues were scrutinised by our committee. The evidence for a protective effect has been challenged by research in recent years. Some researchers dispute its existence."

For those who do accidentally indulge a bit too much in the booze this festive season, check out these hangover cures that apparently actually work – including what to eat the next day.

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