Middle-aged drinkers should have alcohol-free days, health chiefs urge Middle-aged drinkers are being urged to have alcohol-free days as part of a new drive to improve health. People aged between 45 and 65 are more likely than any other group to consume more than the recommended 14 units a week. Public Health England says introducing regular days off – preferably two consecutively – will improve sleep while reducing the risk of heart disease, liver problems, cancers and high blood pressure. It sounds like good advice. I dont drink too much during the week as I am generally out early and need to be alert.