The majority of adults in England do not know the government guidelines for alcohol consumption, healthy eating and exercise, suggests a new report.
The 2007 Health Survey for England – an annual survey that monitors the health of the nation - found that less than a third of men and women knew the maximum amount of alcohol they should be drinking each day.
Government guidelines recommend this should be no more than three to four units for men and two to three units for women.
The guidelines also recommend that adults should exercise five days a week for at least 30 minutes. But according to the report – published today by The NHS Information Centre - more than two thirds of men and women were unaware of this.
And although most adults knew they should eat five portions of fruit or vegetables a day, only 14% of men and 11% of women knew what constituted a portion.
Dr Mark Davies, medical director of The NHS Information Centre, said: ‘It is of concern that the messages of safe alcohol intake, appropriate exercise levels, and healthy eating do not seem to be getting through to all parts of the population.
‘This is something the country needs to address if we are to avoid significant health problems in the near future.’