New Guidelines a good step to reducing harm
New Guidelines for alcohol consumption – cutting the recommended number of standard drinks a week from 14 to 10 – will help Australians understand the potential dangers of drinking, Dr Khorshid said.
Alcohol industry groups have disputed the new Guidelines and questioned the credibility of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Dr Khorshid said that drinking alcohol has short and long term health effects.
“The AMA respects the NHMRC’s systematic and rigorous approach to the evidence review and believes that this approach has clearly held the health of Australians as its highest priority,” he said.
The AMA supported the updated Guidelines in a submission to the NHMRC in February.
The AMA Position Statement, Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-related Harms, is here.