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Chief Medical Officer is scaremongering with new alcohol advice


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Commenting on the new alcohol guidelines released today, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Eocnomics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“The Chief Medical Officer has focused on small increases in cancer risk while ignoring the much larger body of evidence that shows moderate drinking reduces heart disease risk and, most importantly, reduces the overall risk of death.”

“Alcohol consumption has been falling for a decade. The change to the guidelines will turn hundreds of thousands of people into ‘hazardous drinkers’ overnight thereby reviving the moral panic about drinking in Britain and opening the door to yet more nanny state interventions.”

“People deserve to get honest and accurate health advice from the Chief Medical Officer, not scaremongering.”

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