Alcohol Justice Comments on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Report; Deadline Extended

April 29, 2015

Read Alcohol Justice's comments here.

The deadline for submitting comments has been extended to May 8, 2015.

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Read & download a US Alcohol Policy Alliance fact sheet on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

ACTION NEEDED: The Scientific Report of the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is available and open for public comment.

The Report proposes a risky and harmful shift in its definition of moderate drinking, and promotes drinking as a healthy dietary behavior. It suggests that a two-to-threefold increase in daily consumption limits is safe, and that questionable claims of health benefits outweigh known, substantiated risks of alcohol consumption. The Report represents a significant departure from previous Dietary Guidelines, and does so without sufficient scientific basis to justify such a shift.

The Dietary Guidelines should recommend ways to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harm, not increase it. The Dietary Guidelines are a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with administrative leadership and support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. With current and growing evidence regarding risk of disease and harm from drinking even low levels of alcohol, the Dietary Guidelines should include recommendations for Americans to drink less alcohol - not more.

Urge the federal government to reject the proposed changes to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines on alcohol, and retain the alcohol recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

Click here and search for "alcohol" to see the alcohol recommendations in the Report (571 pages).