Real Health Care Reform: Americans Need to Start Drinking More

Glass of Whiskey
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Glass of Whiskey

Americans are drinking too few alcoholic drinks.

That’s the way we read the data presented by Stan Peele in today’s Wall Street Journal.

The national Survey on Drug Use and Health says that only 55 percent of 50-year-olds have had a drink in the past month. If they asked about how many drink daily, that number would be far lower.

But the new dietary guidelines from the US Department of Agriculture explain that daily drinking is a good idea.

"Alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects when consumed in moderation (up to two drinks daily). Strong evidence from observational studies has shown that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Moderate alcohol consumption also is associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality among middle-aged and older adults and may help to keep cognitive function intact with age," the guidelines explain.

We don’t expect that even our most health conscience government officials will jump on the two-drinks-a-day keeps the doctor away bandwagon. While many are happy to ban smoking and trans-fats, or poster the public transportation system with anti-soft drink propaganda, we’re probably far from seeing a public health campaign asking, “It’s 10 PM. Have you had your Scotch today?”

The question is: why?


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