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British doctor wants to limit pub drinks

Dec. 11, 2005 at 10:39 AM

LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A leading British doctor is calling for a limit on the number of alcoholic drinks a customer will be allowed to consume at bars and pubs.

John Smith, president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said such restrictions could save lives while cutting alcohol-related illnesses and violent crime, the Sunday Times of London.

Last week the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which advises on the cost effectiveness of providing treatment on the National Health Service, said patients who endangered their health by smoking, gross overeating or heavy drinking should be denied medical treatment, the newspaper said.

Current guidelines recommend that men drink no more than four units of alcohol a day --the equivalent of two pints of beer, two glasses of wine or four measures of spirits. Women are advised to drink no more than three units.

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