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Have two alcohol-free days, MPs say

9th January 2012

People should have two days a week without consuming any alcohol at all, a group of MPs have said.

The warning is part of a report by the Commons science and technology comittee, which is calling for a review of all government guidelines on alcohol in the UK.

According to BBC News, the report's findings have been welcomed by charities and public health experts, with claims there are "sufficient concerns" about the amount that people drink in Britain.

Advice about drinking was introduced in 1987, with the government saying that men should not be consuming more than 21 units in a week, while women should have 14 units or fewer.

This was updated in 1995 to advise that men did not exceed four units in a day, and women three. The report has questioned whether these recommendations "appeared to endorse daily drinking".

Concerns have been raised after an apparent increase in the number of young people requiring liver transplants after years of abusing alcohol from an early age.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801259070-ADNFCR

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