Distilled Spirits Council Promotes Moderation for Alcohol Awareness Month

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Distilled Spirits Council is marking “April – Alcohol Awareness
Month” by reminding adult consumers to embrace moderation year-round.

“Enjoying a cocktail is a pleasurable part of an adult lifestyle, but
moderation is essential,” said Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO
Kraig R. Naasz. “While Alcohol Awareness Month is a good time for people
to reflect on their alcohol consumption, responsible drinking should be
practiced every month of the year.”

The 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on alcohol states, “the 2015-2020
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
indicate that moderate alcohol use
can be part of a healthy diet, but only when used by adults of legal
drinking age.”

According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate
alcohol consumption is defined as up to one drink per day for women and
up to two drinks per day for men. The Guidelines define a
drink-equivalent as 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits (40% ABV),
5 ounces of wine (12% ABV) and 12 ounces of regular beer (5% ABV). The Guidelines
point out that each of these drinks contains 14 grams (0.6 fluid ounces)
of pure alcohol.

Most recently, a study of 1.9 million adults published March 22 in the
British Medical Journal
concludes that moderate alcohol consumption
(beer, spirits or wine) is associated with a reduction in the risk of
several cardiovascular diseases compared to non-drinkers or heavy
drinkers. This finding is supported by four decades of studies with
similar results.

Distillers do not recommend that anyone drink alcohol products for
potential health benefits. Alcohol abuse can cause serious health and
other problems, and even drinking in moderation may pose health risk for
some people.

If you have questions regarding alcohol and health, discuss the
potential risks and potential benefits of consuming alcohol with a
physician. Together, you can determine what is best based upon
individual risk factors including family history, genetics and lifestyle.

The Distilled
Spirits Council
is the national trade association representing
producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States.

Contacts

Distilled Spirits Council
Frank Coleman, 202-682-8840