A new study in the journal Addiction suggests that the UK government's alcohol guidelines are useless. The guidelines suggest that women imbibe no more than two or three units of alcohol a day, and men no more than three or four. The study found these guidelines "incompatible" with the actual drinking habits of the population, who often binge drink once a week instead of drinking moderately every day. They also found that the use of "units", as opposed to "drinks", was confusing. 

The study found people in the UK do moderate their drinking, but health isn't their driving motivation. Rather, avoiding hang overs and practical responsibilities like driving and work motivated people to moderate their intake. The journal suggests that the government revise their guidelines to reflect the way people actually drink, acknowledging binge drinking instead of ignoring it. 

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