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But where did these figures come from? Allegedly they were plucked almost from thin air with essentially no evidence basis according to one member of the panel who came up with them in 1987:
So is it time to review and revise them?
There is a growing body of evidence that regular consumpion of alcohol below the current recommendations may be associated with increased health risks, morbidity and possibly mortality.
The problem with stating a figure is that it may actually encourage people to see it as a target and drink towards that figure. It's a bit like speed limits. If the sign says 30mph that what people drive at (if not more). This inspite the fact that there is over-whelming evidence that simply by reducing speeds from 30mph to 20mph the risk of fatality for a child pedestrian who is knocked down fall from 25% to 2.5%.
The current recommended limit for men "allows" or "legitimises" the consumption of 3 units of alcohol every single day. How can that be healthy?