The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence issued a statement on alcohol use in response to the Department of Health new proposed guidance on alcohol use. Both make interesting reading.

The bottom line as already widely publicized, is that men should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week, and pregnant women should avoid alcohol entirely.

As well as physical disorders, harmful alcohol misuse is associated with increased rates of both depression and anxiety disorders according to a number of studies. And there is not reason to think this is any less true in Tokyo than anywhere else in the world. Doctors need to counsel their patients on the risks of alcohol use.