Under new U.S. government guidelines, Americans could soon be warned not to drink more than 2 beers per week.
The Biden Administration’s “alcohol czar” Dr. George Koob says Americans might be told to limit themselves to just two beers a week under potential new alcohol guidelines.
Koob made big news Friday (of all times of the week) that the USDA might soon revise their drinking guidance to just two drinks per week. The genesis of this potential guidance comes on the heels of a “grand experiment” in Canada, where the government advises their citizens to limit themselves to two beers per week.
Currently, United States guidelines state women can have one bottle of beer, or a small glass of wine, or a shot PER WEEK, doubling that for men.
Digging through USDA references, alcohol intake is defined as
“Containing 14 grams (0.6 fl oz) of pure alcohol. The following count as one alcoholic drink equivalent: 12 fluid ounces of regular beer (5% alcohol), 5 fluid ounces of wine (12% alcohol), or 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (40% alcohol).”
Koob told the DailyMail there were “no benefits to drinking alcohol in terms of a person’s physical health while admitting he enjoyed buttery Californian chardonnays weekly.
Canada’s restrictive drinking guidelines were announced earlier this year, dropping previous suggestions of 15 drinks for men and 10 for women to two or less. Canada’s announcements come after new research from multiple academic institutions suggests that drinking even minimally can lead to many health risks.
If the United States changes the drinking guidelines, they won’t be announced until late 2025.