When it comes to health and alcohol, there are many sources of information. Healthcare professionals, the media and the government offer guidance, but they often seem to be in conflict with each other. In just the past few weeks, we've seen the USDA and Health and Human Services present new U.S. dietary guidelines approving of moderate drinking, while the U.K. issued guidelines saying that no amount of alcohol consumption is safe. France has been cracking down on public alcohol promotions, but studies touting the health benefits of wine and other alcohols continue to emerge. And on Feb. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new alcohol guidelines that advised that not only pregnant women but also all women of childbearing age who could become pregnant should abstain from alcohol, although many prominent public voices disagreed.
February 10, 2016