US guidelines advise moderate drinking is healthy

11th January, 2016 by Melita Kiely

New US dietary guidelines have reaffirmed that moderate drinking can be part of a healthy lifestyle and “help individuals achieve healthy eating patterns”.

Alcohol licensing fees

New US dietary guidelines emphasise moderate drinking as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans stressed that adults who wish to drink alcohol should do so in moderation, defining this as up to one drink a day for women and up to two for men.

A standard drink – now also referred to as “drink-equivalent” – is defined in the guidelines as 1.5oz (45ml) of 40% proof spirits, 5oz (50ml) of wine at 12% abv, and a “regular” beer at 5% abv.

The guidelines highlight that each of these measurements contains 14g (0.6oz) of pure alcohol.

“Moderate and responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults can be part of a healthy lifestyle and diet choice,” said Dr. Sam Zakhari, Distilled Spirits Council of the US (Discus) vice president of science and former division director of the National Institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

“As with all things, moderation is the key, and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines also make this clear.

“In keeping with the longstanding dietary science, the guidelines reaffirm that a standard drink of beer, wine and distilled spirits each contains the same amount of alcohol.”

The Dietary Guidelines are the basis for federal nutritional policy in the US by law.

Last week, tough new alcohol guidelines were published in the UK cutting the recommended daily limit for men from 21 units a week to 14 – the same as women.

The new UK guidelines also warned there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

Leave a Reply

If that's interesting, how about these?

Top six new spirits books for summer 2016

It's holiday season – so what better time to start that new book? If you're more...

New study links alcohol to seven types of cancer

Alcohol is a "direct cause" of seven types of cancer, and even moderate more...

US ultra-premium Tequila growth hits 15.5%

The ultra-premium Tequila market continues its emphatic US growth, with sales more...

William Grant & Sons' top UK spirits trends

Premium spirits sales grew 18.6% in the UK last year despite the decline of more...

Bootleg alcohol leaves 29 dead and blinds six

At least 29 people have died and a further six have been blinded after drinking more...

Deliveroo moves into alcohol delivery in UK

On-demand food delivery service Deliveroo has announced a number of retail and more...

Over 65s are 'bigger drinkers' than young people

Over 65s are now the most likely age group to drink alcohol every day – and more...

Alcohol e-commerce 'could hit $15bn' in US

The advent of on-demand alcohol delivery services in the US will contribute to more...

Pennsylvanian distillery offers 'seasonal' gin line

Brandywine Branch Distillers has launched The Revivalist Gins, a four-strong more...

Craft Gin Club owner lands Dragons' Den investment

Craft Clubs has secured an investment of £75,000 on BBC television series more...

Captain Morgan asks for change in Constitution

In a bid to further align itself with millennial drinkers, Captain Morgan rum more...

Devotion Vodka adds nutritional info to labels

Devotion Vodka, touted as the “first” American gluten-free and sugar-free more...

United Spirits tight-lipped over job loss reports

Diageo’s Indian drinks arm United Spirits has revealed it is undertaking an more...

Industry calls on government to 'serve British'

British gin brands have sponsored a leadership event held by UK ambassadors and more...

Constellation Brands elects Tiffany exec to board

Constellation Brands has elected Frederic Cumenal, CEO at luxury jeweller more...

Rémy Cointreau first quarter sales slip 2.1%

French drinks group Rémy Cointreau saw its fiscal 2016/17 Q1 reported sales more...

Manchester launches 'first' cocktail festival

Manchester Loves Cocktails takes place between 8-14 August and will bring more...

Restaurant creates burger with Bourbon shot in the bun

In a bid to capitalise on the 'food porn' trend, a restaurant in Sydney has more...

Hpnotiq liqueur partners with 2 Chainz

Hpnotiq liqueur has launched the second phase of its #SINCE2001 campaign this more...

Irish drinks industry calls for excise tax reduction

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland is urging the government to reduce excise more...