Action Alert: Defining Moderate Drinking

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Defining Moderate Drinking in Dietary Guidelines

Call for public comment on change in US Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol.

The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is proposing to increase limits to define "moderate drinking" and to encourage moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet.

Current (2010) guidelines define moderate drinking as up to 1 drink a day for women and up to 2 drinks a day for men. The proposed change increases moderate drinking levels to up to 3 drinks a day for women and up to 4 drinks a day for men. This triples the daily limit for women and doubles the
daily limit for men.

The proposed changes also include moderate drinking as a component to a healthy diet. However, new studies have determined there are risks to drinking alcohol even at low levels.

The changes proposed by the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee encourages a higher level of alcohol consumption which correlates to negative impacts on public health. Research shows that the risk of harm goes up with increased drinking. Americans should be encouraged to drink less in order to help prevent alcohol-related health and public safety issues.

Deadline: April 8, 2015

Comments: Submit online here.

Talking Points: Fact Sheet from US Alcohol Policy Alliance

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