Crazy New Guidelines Recommend Boozing 'Only' 5 Days a Week

martiniHow many nights a week do you drink alcohol? One? Two? Three or four? Could you drink five days a week and still feel fit and awake and accomplish everything on your to-do list? I couldn't. But some members of the British Parliament are calling for a review of government guidelines in the U.K. in hopes of recommending just that: that people in the U.K. take at least two days off from alcohol each week.

Even if five nights of drinking, and two nights off, on any given week, probably sounds like a lot to the rest of us, it's apparently the picture of prudence in the U.K.


Since 1995, the British government recommended that men drink no more than three or four units of alcohol per day, and women drink no more than two or three. (A unit is the equivalent of a shot of hard liquor or a half-pint of beer.) The British government also advised people to give themselves 48 hours after a bout of serious, hard-core drinking – to let their bodies recover. The group of MPs organizing behind the two-day-off recommendation (which is still in the exploratory phase) contends that the current recommendations "appeared to endorse daily drinking." You think?

Look, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine with dinner or beer with friends or post-work cocktail as much as the next gal, but the idea of drinking the equivalent of two or three shots (or two small glasses of wine) every single day – or even five days a week – would basically preclude me from accomplishing almost anything else. How would I wake up early, get my kids to school, get my work done, clean the house, make dinner, help the kids with homework, bathe them, put them to bed, load the dishwasher, do the laundry, pay the bills …? When I wasn't too busy drinking, I'd be passed out in bed.

Sure, giving up my daily responsibilities, ripping up my ever-lengthening to-do list, and relaxing into a continuous drunken stupor sort of sounds vaguely appealing, in its way, but not really. And not as a regular way of life.

What do you think of the British government's alcohol-consumption guidelines?


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