Action Alert: Help Strengthen U.S. Dietary Guidelines on Alcoholic Beverages
Please take a moment to submit comments on the section on alcoholic beverages in the upcoming 2005 edition of the U.S. government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is very important that the committee preparing the guidelines hear from consumer and public health groups that want the public to receive clear, complete and accurate information on alcohol consumption.
Please join CSPI in urging the committee to strengthen the Guidelines' provisions on alcohol and adolescents, alcohol and older persons, and caloric content of alcoholic beverages. Background, talking points, and instructions for submitting comments are included below.
Thanks in advance for your help!
The National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-445, Title III) requires the Secretaries of HHS and USDA to publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans at least every five years. The Guidelines include a section on alcohol, about which both public health advocates and industry representatives have commented in the past. In August 2003, the two agencies named a 13-member panel to hold a series of meetings to review current scientific evidence and make recommendations to the Secretaries for the year-2005 edition of the Guidelines.
Written comments from outside groups to be considered by the committee will be accepted throughout the process, which is expected to be completed in June or July 2004. The committee will hold the third of an expected four meetings on March 30-31 meeting. Comments to be distributed to the committee at that meeting are due by March 19 at 5:00 pm.
Please submit comments to:
HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Room 738-G, 200 Independence Ave SW
March 16, 2004
For more information, please send us an email.
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Alcohol Policies Project
1220 L St. NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-332-9110 * Fax: 202-265-4954 * Web: www.cspinet.org/booze