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U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol: What You Need to Know to Promote Responsible Consumption

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which forms the basis for federal nutrition policy in the United States, is one of the most important roadmaps used in the U.S. to promote public health. The Guidelines include information about responsible alcohol consumption, such as the recommendations for moderation consumption, the definition of a standard drink, and how alcohol fits into dietary patterns. Representatives of the beverage alcohol industry can serve as a key source of this information for consumers, and this course is appropriate for a wide variety of audiences who want to learn more about how to promote responsible consumption for those who choose to drink.

Learning Objectives
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ recommendations for moderate drinking, how they were developed, and a brief explanation of why they differ for males and females
2. The definition a standard drink, examples of standard drink equivalents, and how to calculate the number of standard drinks in a beverage, including ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages
3. Examples of agencies and organizations that use the concept of standard drink equivalence and why policies that differentiate between spirits, wine, and beer send the dangerous message that some forms of beverage alcohol are ‘safer’ than others

Amanda Berger, Ph.D.
Vice President, Science and Health

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
No Nonsense Nutrition