"It doesn't matter what people think, it's what the evidence shows" - GP dismisses call for public consultation on drinking guidelines

'It doesn't matter what people think, it's what the evidence shows' - GP disputes CAMRA's call for public consultation on drinking guidelines

CAMRA have called for an overhaul of drinking guidelines

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A leading doctor has dismissed a demand from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for a public consultation on drinking guidelines, saying: "It doesn't matter what people think - it's what the evidence shows" that matters. 

The Chief Medical Officer currently advises men and women not to drink more than 14 units per week in order to reduce the risk of alcohol-related issues, but CAMRA insist this is "at odds with common sense" and called on the government to gather public opinion on whether the existing guidelines are "fit for purpose".  

But Dr Laurence Buckman, formerly chairman of the British Medical Association's general practioners' committee, insisted that the guidelines are fine as they are.  

"It's quite easy to get over the limit," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Fourteen units is 14 small glasses of wine. That's 125 millilitres – [while] most bars serve 175ml. 

"Safe limits are used to describe a situation where your body is going to be damaged if you drink more chronically. 

"I'm surprised at CAMRA. It doesn't matter what people think, it's what the evidence shows."

Listen to the full interview above