Washington, D.C. (August 13, 2020)–Today, the American Beverage Institute (ABI) submitted formal comments advising the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to maintain the current dietary recommendations regarding moderate drinking for Americans. Current dietary guidelines suggest consuming two drinks per day for men and one for women is aligned with a healthy lifestyle. But now the Advisory Committee is lobbying the government to advise both men and women to consume no more than one drink per day–cutting male consumption by half.

Below is an excerpt from the public comment:

The consequences of alcohol abuse shouldn’t be conflated with the impacts of moderate consumption—especially when relying on a small pool of weak research. The USDA and HHS should rely on sound science when publishing the final version of dietary guidelines and maintain the current recommendations until there is sufficient evidence supporting change.

Read the full comment here.

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