CFA Asks Trump Administration to Follow Expert Committee’s Recommendations on Alcohol in New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

CFA submitted the following comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging federal officials to follow the recommendations contained in the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s Final Advisory Report. In particular, the comments emphasize the Report’s recommendations that, “at all levels of consumption, drinking less is generally better for health than drinking more,” and that recommended limits for alcohol consumption should be lowered for men from two to one drink per day. Scientific studies have long shown that consuming even small amounts of alcohol increases cancer risk, and more recent Mendelian randomization studies, which take advantage of new genetic sequencing technology, have cast serious doubt on claims that moderate alcohol consumption causes any positive cardiovascular or other health benefits.