Panel proposes a new guideline for men: just one drink per day

Although evidence has suggested there may be benefits from moderate consumption of alcohol—such as lower rates of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and dementia—the panel suggested in a mid-July report that these benefits might not exist, instead emphasizing that even small amounts of alcohol have been linked with several types of cancer. But Eric Rimm, professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition—who headed the panel that created the 2010 guideline recommendations—said in an August 5, 2020 article in Wine Spectator that he thinks the current committee “got it wrong and was overly conservative about their advice for adults that drink moderately, can control their consumption and do not binge drink.”

Rimm said that the panel “ignored all research before 2010 and were very dismissive of observational studies of alcohol and chronic disease, even though this represents the only way to study alcohol and long-term health.”

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