Every five years, the federal government establishes dietary guidelines to help Americans live healthier lives.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, established by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, changed the base for "moderate" drinking from a daily number to an average daily consumption.
The proposed Guidelines state, "Moderate alcohol consumption—Average daily consumption of up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men, with no more than three drinks in any single day for women and no more than four drinks in any single day for men. One drink is defined as 12 fl. Oz. of regular beer, 5 fl. Oz. of wine, or 1.5 fl. Oz. of distilled spirits."
NCADD wrote in opposition to the changes, stating, "The scientific evidence does not support increasing amounts defined as 'moderate' and, in fact, has shown that even the amounts in the current Guidelines (two drinks per day for men, one per day for women) can increase likelihood of diseases such as breast cancer, hypertension and heart disease."
The letter urged the Committee to maintain the current 'moderate' drinking guidelines and to eliminate the references to the health benefits that may be derived from alcohol use.
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