George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), suggested in a recent interview with the Daily Mail that the U.S. might consider adopting alcohol guidelines similar to Canada's, which could potentially recommend a limit of two beers per week for Americans.
At present, U.S. guidelines advise men to restrict their intake to two drinks daily, and women are recommended to have just one drink a day. These recommendations are set to be reassessed in 2025.
The Canadian guidelines suggest a maximum of two drinks weekly.
Koob, who enjoys a few glasses of "buttery Californian Chardonnay" weekly, expressed his keen interest in Canada's "big experiment."
He also commented, "If there's health benefits, I think people will start to re-evaluate where we're at."
Koob asserted that there are "no benefits" to one's physical health from consuming alcohol. He expressed confidence by stating he's "pretty sure" that the guidelines for alcohol consumption in America are "not going to go up."
He mentioned, "So, if [alcohol consumption guidelines] go in any direction, it would be toward Canada."
Expanding on the topic, he said, "Most of the benefits people attribute to alcohol, we feel they really have more to do with what someone's eating rather than what they're drinking."
He elaborated that factors like the Mediterranean diet and socio-economic status, which influence dietary choices, are more impactful. "So it really has to do with the Mediterranean diet, socio-economic status, that makes you able to afford that kind of diet and make your own fresh food and so forth. With this in mind, most of the benefits kind of disappear on the health side."
However, Koob acknowledged the communal aspects of alcohol, describing it as a "social lubricant."
The consideration of new alcohol consumption guidelines is part of a series of moves by the Biden administration, which critics argue impose stringent regulations on the daily lives of Americans, including proposals to curtail the use of gas stoves.
Earlier in the year, the Biden administration discreetly updated its data analysis related to proposed gas stove regulations, revealing that the anticipated consumer savings would be less than initially estimated.
This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) submitted an update regarding its gas stove rulemaking process. The recent data suggests that Americans will see savings that are 30% less than initially projected when the regulations were introduced in February. Based on the agency's revised analysis, the expected savings for consumers under the gas stove regulations is now only about 9 cents per month.
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