Alcohol Information is Bad?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (SCPI) opposes telling consumers that they can obtain information about the effects of drinking alcohol on health from the federal government's "Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

The self-proclaimed consumer's group ironically argues that telling consumers about the guidelines (one drink per day for women and two for men) "could increase alcohol problems." George Hacker, director of alcohol policies at CSPI is concerned that if people learn the truth about alcohol and health, some may choose to drink or to drink more.

Most people drink infrequently but there is growing evidence that the health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption increase dramatically if it is consumed at least every day or two instead of only once a week or less.



  • Sullum, J. "The anti-pleasure principle: The "food police" and the pseudoscience of self-denial," Reasononline, July, 2003 (

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