If you drink alcohol, limiting yourself to one drink per day will help reduce your overall health risks. This limit applies to everyone, whether you are a man or woman.
In a report released on July 15, 2020, titled the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, experts call for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines, slated to be updated this year, to change the recommended daily alcohol limit for men from up to two drinks to no more than one drink a day.
“This is the first time that the dietary guidelines committee focused on all-cause mortality or total mortality,” says Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, a physician and alcohol researcher at Boston Medical Center and a member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. In the past, he explains, the committee looked at alcohol along with specific types of death. “This time,” he says, “we looked at all alcohol-related deaths combined. We drew on evidence from more than the past five years.”