Is The President Going to Make Us Quit Drinking in Montana?
One would think that the experiment of the 20's and 30's would have told the story of how limiting or outright banning of alcohol goes. But apparently, we have learned nothing from our history.
The government is back at it, this time thinking that limiting our alcohol consumption is something that must be taken care of. Enough so that it is starting to cause a stir online and in the political circles.
A Battle for Public Morals and Health in America
In the 1920's it was decided that America needed to sober up. Many cities decided to become dry towns, which was followed by states banning alcohol, leading the US to completely ban it until ratification of the 18th amendment came in 1933.
And while alcohol consumption has always been a hot topic through the years, it is now coming back to the forefront with comments from President Joe Biden's "alcohol czar" George Koob. He serves as Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He is also recommending that America take a lesson from Canada in how they deal with spirits.
From a recent article on the web from American Insider, Koob stated that:
Most of the benefits people attribute to alcohol, we feel they really have more to do with what someone’s eating rather than what they’re drinking.
The only way that I would consider consuming alcohol in relation to food happiness would be that I am thinking I am drinking a liquid porkchop.
Recommendations from Koob include limiting men to have only two drinks per week, rather than the two drinks per day that is currently on the books.
As a counterpoint however, Distilled Spirits Council vice president of science and health Amanda Berger stated:
Dr. Koob’s comments calling for a drastic change to the federal recommendations on alcohol before the review of alcohol research has even begun undermines the scientific rigor and objectivity of the entire Dietary Guidelines process.
While we won't need to worry about this soon, the guidelines are up for review in the year 2025.