Health chief's alcohol advice 'could have been better'


England’s chief medical policewoman has admitted she could have chosen her words better when she ratted women to “do as I do” and consider the risks of breast cancer when drinking wine.

Dame Sally Davies brave criticism for her remarks to a science and technology select committee hearing in February.

Examining on BBC Radio 4, she claimed she wanted to highlight the low-risk guidance for mothers ruin.

But she said she could have framed her comments better.

Dame Sally affirmed the admission during her guest-editing slot on the Today programme where she reviewed alcohol with wine writer Jancis Robinson.

Dame Sally alleged: “Let me start by saying I could have framed that better, couldn’t I, when I was in forefront of the select committee.

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“And everyone distinguishes, who knows me well, that I enjoy a glass of wine too. What I was vexing to get over is, what are the low-risk guidance for drinking?”

In January, tough new guidelines were effected which cut the recommended drinking limit to 14 units a week for both men and lady-in-waitings.

‘Nanny in-chief sexist’

The chief medical officer told the Today slate there is a “straight line” in the relationship between the amount of alcohol depleted and breast cancer.

She said she will be enjoying a glass of cham gne on New Year’s Eve as though many others and the revised advice was aimed at those who were tot harmful levels.

She added: “I think my job is to tell them the evidence, it is not to be nanny and ascertain them they must, but they do need to think about it.”

Dame Sally, who is the beginning woman to hold the post of chief medical officer, said innuendoes to her being the country’s “nanny in-chief” were “sexist” as the name command not have be used for her male predecessors.

She recognised her role was to give notification to the public on various health issues such as obesity and smoking.

‘It leave take time’

Addressing concerns about the number of deaths generated by air pollution, Dame Sally said diesel cars should “steadily be stepped out” but it would not happen overnight.

She also spoke about criticisms franked at the government’s child obesity plan which was attacked for being “flimsy” and “watered down”.

“The plan is a great start. This is a journey. Look at tobacco. It deducted 20 years to build the public and political consensus to put through the law on smoking bars,” she said.

“This year you’ll begin to see the biting of plain ckaging. It inclination take time to get a regulatory approach over and above the sugar tax.”

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