<< Back Data showing increased drinking among American men and calculations of its impact on society prompted national experts to suggest the government cut the daily recommended alcohol limit in half.
The recommendation came this month in “The Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee,” a report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is scheduled to update federal dietary guidelines this year. The current daily alcohol limit for men is two and the committee suggested changing that to no more than one drink a day.
“We have more data than we did 30 years ago, which is the last time these guidelines came out,” said Dr. J. Craig Allen , vice president of addiction services for the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network , who noted that other countries have already made such alcohol recommendations. “No amount of alcohol is safe. If you do drink, then limiting it to one drink a day or less considerably decreases the risk of developing alcohol-related problems.”
The report marked the first time an advisory committee examined the broader impact of alcohol on the nation’s overall health and rates of mortality from all causes, not just those specifically tied to alcohol use.
“This committee is […]
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