Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2019)–An advocacy group recently penned a letter to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) arguing that alcohol products that are sold in the U.S. should include cancer warnings on the labels—claiming that even moderate alcohol consumption causes major health problems.

The American Beverage Institute (ABI) released the below statement strongly opposing the idea:

Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol daily has never been supported by the industry. However, the idea that moderate drinking causes broad negative consequences is unwarranted. Mountains of research conducted over decades links one or two drinks a day to modest health benefits—notably a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Recently published studies that conclude otherwise often fail to control for confounding variables or are misleading in their analysis. Cancer warnings against moderate drinking seek more to frighten than inform.

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