CIEH comments on new alcohol guidelines

Publication Date: 8th January 2016

Subject: Public health

Following the publication of new guidelines for appropriate levels of alcohol consumption by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers, Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said:  

“It’s clear from the research that the more alcohol you consume, especially if you drink regularly or ‘binge drink’, the more likely you are to cause irreversible damage to your personal health. Excessive alcohol consumption doesn’t just affect individuals, however, as drinking also plays a significant role in the rise of anti-social behaviour, violence and poverty in local communities.

“We welcome the new guidelines from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers and support the benefits for personal health and well-being that come with drinking less alcohol. Unit pricing would also be an effective tool in helping people reduce the amount they drink.”


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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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