Dr. George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), on Thursday, August 24, 2023, warned that Americans could soon be told to limit themselves to just two beers per week under strict new booze guidelines.
Koob, who is also a Biden administration adviser on alcohol policy, said that the current guidelines, which recommend that men drink no more than four drinks per day and women drink no more than three drinks per day, are not enough to protect public health.
He said that the new guidelines, which are still being developed, are likely to be much stricter and could recommend that people drink no more than two beers per week. He also admitted that he was watching Canada’s ‘big experiment’ with interest going forward.
“If there’s health benefits, I think people will start to re-evaluate where we’re at [in the US],” he said, according to DailyMail.com.
“I mean, they’re not going to go up, I’m pretty sure.
“So, if [alcohol consumption guidelines] go in any direction, it would be toward Canada,” he said.
In terms of physical health benefits, Dr Koob said there were none to drinking alcohol.
“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.
“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,” he added.
Koob’s comments come as the Biden administration is under pressure to take action to address the problem of alcohol abuse in the United States.
Alcohol abuse is a major public health problem, and it is estimated that it costs the US economy billions of dollars each year.
The new guidelines are likely to be controversial, but Koob said that they are necessary to protect public health.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
The new guidelines are still being developed, and it is not clear when they will be released.
The guidelines are also likely to be different for different groups of people, such as pregnant women and people with certain health conditions.
It is important to note that the guidelines are just that – guidelines.
Individuals should talk to their doctor about how much alcohol is safe for them to drink.
The new guidelines are likely to be met with resistance from some people, who argue that they are too restrictive. However, Koob has said that the guidelines are necessary to protect public health. Only time will tell what the impact of the new guidelines will be.
Here are some of the reactions to Koob’s comments:
The American Beverage Association, a trade group representing the alcohol industry, said that the new guidelines are “deeply flawed” and “based on outdated science.”
The National Alcohol Policy Center, a research group, said that the new guidelines are “a step in the right direction” but that they “still fall short of what is needed to protect public health.”
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said that the new guidelines are “based on the best available science” and that they “will help to reduce the burden of alcohol-related harm in the United States.”
It is still too early to say what the impact of the new guidelines will be. However, they are likely to have a significant impact on the alcohol industry and on the way that Americans think about drinking.