Abstaining from alcohol heals the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol | Daily Mail Online

The UK’s Daily Mail reports that patients who gave up alcohol for four weeks were at lower risk of developing cancer and diabetes, according to a new study at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

Source: Abstaining from alcohol heals the liver, lower blood pressure and cholesterol | Daily Mail Online

These findings are both hard-hitting and far reaching. It’s a shame that the Mail has not cited the actual evidence, so that people can evaluate it for themselves. It’s not good enough to quote a doctor and publish the above headline. What about conflicting evidence?

Unfortunately, the UK government through the National Health Service is not doing enough to promote moderate alcohol consumption. It’s just like obesity which is another time bomb.

Sadly, people who binge on alcohol, food or drugs shrug their shoulders at research evidence – they know that Britain’s public healthcare service will give them priority treatment.

Things will not change until the props are removed, like introducing a range of charges for public healthcare in the UK.


Alcohol Abuse Over-65 drinkers Meddling UK Politicians & Bungling Bureaucrats at NHS?

English: Total recorded alcohol per capita con...

English: Total recorded alcohol per capita consumption (15+), in litres of pure alcohol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an important MUST READ article from the MailOnline. Check it out!

via Over-65 drinkers in health alert: Doctors call for alcohol safety levels to be halved for pensioners | Mail Online.

I am sure that the cited research has indeed identified many over-65s drinking to dangerous excess.

However, I would like to see free publication of the underlying research to validate the conclusions being reached by the Department of Health. Personally, I would like to take a hard look at the statistical justification for the changes in policy.

The picture described, by the cited doctor, of the average woman over-65 consuming a bottle of wine a day seems rather over the top in austerity ravaged UK.

Looking at recent disastrous news on the UK’s public healthcare‘s performance, I am convinced that the meddling politicians and bungling bureaucrats are desperate to seize the initiative for some good news, so perhaps there has been some opportunism in this story?

For me, alcohol abuse is a serious problem across society, with different manifestations according to:

  1. Age
  2. Sex
  3. Diet
  4. Income
  5. Wealth
  6. Occupation
  7. Social Class
  8. Life style
  9. Location
  10.  Weather
  11. Medical history and medication
  12. Psychological profile

Trying to condense policy for these diverse sub-sets into an across the board recommendations of the following safe limits of alcohol seems naive and simplistic:

  • 5 units a day – current limit for men under- 65
  • 3 units a day – current limit for women under- 65
  • 1.5 units a day- proposed limit for over-65s

Policy guidelines need to take account of the twelve variables cited above and research samples need to be large enough to cater for valid statistical conclusions to deal with these twelve sub-classes robustly. Also subjective understanding and research is required into alcohol abuse with publication of case studies. Otherwise, David Cameron’s Government is just changing policy on the hoof to gain favorable media coverage to deflect from their underlying performance. Perhaps, Cameron’s Government is going to turn hostile to the over-65s as a political tactic; they seem to rather favor gays and minorities.

Let me conclude with an open question:

Do you think that the Uk’s meddling politicians and bungling bureaucrata are just trying to divert the media’s attention from their own failings with this story?

Any thoughts?


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