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    Campaign to raise awareness of drinking guidelines

    Written by on February 13, 2020

    A new national campaign is aiming to make people more aware of drinking guidelines.

    It’s recommended people have no more than 14 units of alcohol per week – that’s the equivalent of six pints of lager.

    A “Count 14” tour will drop by supermarkets in Alloa and Falkirk – seeing if they’re aware of how quickly 14 units can add up.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said:

    “The alcohol guidelines are based on the clear evidence that as alcohol use increases, so does the risk of a range of health harms.  To keep these risks low it’s recommended that men and women don’t drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

    “The 14 unit guideline equates to six pints of medium strength beer, lager or cider; six medium glasses of wine or seven double measures of spirits over the course of a week.

    “By increasing understanding of what this means in terms of actual alcoholic drinks, our hope is that adults in Scotland are able to make more informed choices.”