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The great thing about the Internet is that we – the public – can weigh in on proposals that our government is trying on for size, and they’re actually asking our opinion straight up, without asking us to contact our representatives! Now that’s democracy in action – I love this country.

The latest open commentary has to do with the USDA’s recommendations on how much alcohol is too much – in this case, the cap on “low-risk drinking” and “moderation” would now be defined as 14 drinks weekly (no more than 4 drinks per day) for men and 7 drinks weekly (no more than 3 drinks per day) for women. CLICK HERE to read what other people are saying about the Rethinking Drinking report and submit your own comments. But don’t wait – the deadline for weighing in on this issue is this Thursday, July 15.

Personally, I think it’s interesting that someone thinks we’re going to consult the USDA recommendations before we go to a party or a bar and have a few. But people really take this sort of thing as an authoritative statement for how much is too much. We don’t know – we’re not doing the research. We rely on them for information. And they are citing research about how alcohol is actually good for your health sometimes. On the other hand, nobody’s changing the legal limit for how drunk is too drunk, and we’re having a hard enough time keeping the kids and the drunks from thinking that getting smashed is cool.

What do you think? Are they giving people license to drink more, or are they just telling us to lighten up?

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