(GALLUP) Nearly 40% of Americans say moderate drinking is unhealthy

The following is from Gallup News.

A record-high 39% of Americans now say that consuming one to two drinks a day is bad for one’s health, marking an 11-percentage-point increase since 2018.

At the same time, half of U.S. adults believe that drinking in moderation makes no difference, while 10% say it is good for one’s health.

The last two figures are down five and six points, respectively, compared with five years ago.

Gallup has asked this question nine times since 2001, including in its most recent Consumption Habits Survey, conducted July 3-27.

While the five-year time span since the prior reading is too long to attribute the change to any specific event, it comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its dietary guidelines for alcohol intake, and the World Health Organization published research showing that no level of alcohol is safe for one’s health.

Previous medical research had presented mixed guidance on whether moderate drinking might improve certain health outcomes.

Biggest Change in Perceptions of Harm Is Among Younger Americans

The increased belief that moderate alcohol consumption is detrimental is owed largely to young adults aged 18-34, among whom it has risen 18 points since 2018. That compares with a 13-point increase among middle-aged adults and virtually no change among those 55 and older.

This shift coincides with more recent consumer drinking trends, including a growing “mocktail” industry as nonalcoholic alternative party elixirs become more popular among younger Americans.

Other notable differences between groups include by gender, with women (41%) more likely than men (35%) to view drinking in moderation as harmful to one’s health.

Regional disparities are also apparent. Americans living in the Western (44%) and Midwestern (44%) regions of the U.S. are more likely than those in the East (34%) or South (35%) to view drinking in moderation as harmful.

Finally, those who do not identify with a religion (47%) are more likely than those identifying as Christian (35%) to view moderate drinking in this way. (Continued…)

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  1. I always thought that one to two drinks a day was a red flag for alcoholism, however the drinks on the weekends was fine. Then somebody had to spoil that by calling it binge-drinking or something similar. There is always someone trying to ruin the party.

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