According to Dr. George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, current standards in the United States may soon propose no more than two drinks per week, similar to Canada’s limits.
A maximum of two drinks per week is now recommended by Canadian health regulators as of January. It’s been reported that the subsequent assessment of the United States proposals won’t happen until 2025. The new, more stringent regulations in Canada have been called a wonderful experiment by Koob.
Koob added that he didn’t think the recommended limits on alcohol intake were going to increase. So, if guidelines went in any way, it would be toward Canada.
The beer czar for President Joe Biden has said that one’s diet has a significant impact on the health advantages of alcohol use, particularly red wine.
According to Koob, the key is the Mediterranean diet, which is strongly linked to a higher socioeconomic position.
Men in Canada are encouraged to consume up to two drinks per day, or fourteen drinks in a week, while women are advised to drink one per day or seven drinks per week.
Amanda Berger, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, had harsh words for Koob’s plan to follow in Canada’s footsteps, saying he undermines the scientific rigor and impartiality of the Dietary Guidelines process.
According to Berger’s statement, it is troubling and unethical for a government official to predetermine the conclusion of the Dietary Guidelines and recommend modifying long-standing practices without first conducting a scientific assessment.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that the typical American drinks the equivalent of 2.51 gallons of ethanol per year, a rate similar to that seen during the Civil War.
It has been found that alcohol-related illnesses are a leading cause of mortality for contemporary women.