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People in the age group of 45 to 65 must regularly abstain from alcohol at least once a week, advising the initiators of the Drink Free Days campaign ("Days without alcohol").
The campaign is being carried out in collaboration with the British National Health Service and the charitable organization Drinkaware, which distributes information about the dangers of alcoholism.
A survey of nine thousand respondents of different ages in the United Kingdom showed that one in five respondents in the age group of 45-65 years drink more than the maximum permitted dose of 14 servings per week.
In 2016, the British health authorities recommended a standard of 14 standard doses of alcohol per week for men and women, which is equivalent to six pints of medium-strength beer or seven glasses of wine.
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In addition, activists say Drink Free Days, people over the age of 40 are more likely to change the diet, start exercising or smoke less than to reduce the dose of alcohol.
According to doctors, "days without alcohol" will help to solve problems with sleep, lose weight and reduce the risk of high blood pressure and cancer.
"Even one non-alcoholic day per week gives the body the chance to purify itself and let the liver rest, the amount of calories consumed goes down immediately and sleep improves", says Dr. Julia Vernet, a specialist in liver disease at Public Health England.
The habit of drinking.
The poll also showed that it is easier for people to introduce completely alcohol-free days than to force themselves to reduce the usual portions of alcohol – for example, from a large glass of wine to a small glass.
"Most middle-aged people do not drink to get drunk, for some this is part of communication, others compensate for fatigue at work or reward themselves for success, it becomes a part of life, a habit," Dr. Vernet.
But with age, such a habit inevitably starts to contribute to the development of a number of diseases. In addition, she says that in Great Britain many people are overweight, but do not even think about the number of calories in alcoholic beverages.
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Activists around the world increasingly try to draw public attention to the problems associated with alcohol consumption, and it is not even about alcoholism, but simply about the habit of drinking and without reason.
A recent international study conducted by the scientific journal Lancet showed that there are no safe doses of alcohol. Risks of consumption of one glass per day are minimal, but they are.
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