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2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submits report

22 februari 2015

2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submits report The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of prestigious outside experts, submitted its recommendations to Health and Human Services in order to inform the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

As alcohol is a unique aspect of the diet, the DGAC considered evidence from several sources to inform recommendations. After consideration of this collective evidence, the Committee concurs with the 2010 DGAC that: if alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation, and only by adults. However, it is not recommended that anyone begin drinking or drink more frequently on the basis of potential health benefits because moderate alcohol intake also is associated with increased risk of violence, drowning, and injuries from falls and motor vehicle crashes. Women should be aware of a moderately increased risk of breast cancer even with moderate alcohol intake.

There are many circumstances in which people should not drink alcohol:
• Individuals who cannot restrict their drinking to moderate levels.
• Anyone younger than the legal drinking age.
• Women who are pregnant or who may be pregnant.
• Individuals taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol.
• Individuals with certain specific medical conditions (e.g., liver disease, hypertriglyceridemia, pancreatitis).
• Individuals who plan to drive, operate machinery, or take part in other activities that require attention, skill, or coordination or in situations where impaired judgment could cause injury or death (e.g., swimming).

Finally, because of the substantial evidence clearly demonstrating the health benefits of breastfeeding, occasionally consuming an alcoholic drink does not warrant stopping breastfeeding. However, women who are breastfeeding should be very cautious about drinking alcohol, if they choose to drink at all.

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