CSPI Praises Alcohol Section of Dietary Guidelines

Statement of CSPI Alcohol Policies Project Director George A. Hacker

January 12, 2005

CSPI applauds the alcohol section of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. Although the overall advice on alcohol is little changed from the sound message of the 2000 edition, the new version strengthens important messages, including the discussions of moderation and the catalog of persons who should not drink at all. The document should be widely circulated and promoted, by government, health professionals, and alcohol producers.

The 2005 discussion of alcoholic beverages, in keeping with an emphasis found throughout the Guidelines, wisely pays great attention to the calories in alcoholic beverages, specifically mentioning the additional calories in mixers combined with distilled spirits. We believe that this emphasis on calories will strengthen our efforts to require calorie labeling of alcoholic beverages. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently announced plans to propose rules to improve consumer information labeling of alcoholic beverages, partly in response to CSPI's December 2003 petition.


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