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11/01/2016

Epilepsy Society welcomes new NHS alcohol guidelines

Epilepsy Society has welcomed the UK's chief medical officers' new guidelines on the consumption of alcohol.
 

The new guidance, released last week, says that no level of regular drinking is without risk to health.

 

Men should consume no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, down from the previous 21 units, bringing them into line with the recommendation for women.

People should have several alcohol-free days a week and not "save up" their 14 units for a binge.

In line with the new guidelines, Epilepsy Society recommends that people with epilepsy limit their alcohol intake to 1-2 units in a day, and that they have at least two days a week without drinking.

Epilepsy Society's medical director Professor Ley Sander said: 'This effectively means that people with epilepsy should restrict their alcohol intake to a maximum of 10 units per week, giving them at least two alcohol free days a week.

'For most people with epilepsy, the occasional alcoholic drink should not cause a problem but it must be remembered that alcohol can trigger seizures in some people.

'It is important to read the patient information leaflet that comes with your epilepsy medication. This should have specific information about that medication.'

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