Wine to Get "Health Effects" Label

The US Treasury and its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) announced Friday that it had approved two new statements for inclusion on wine labels regarding the health effects of wine.

According to an ATF press release, the bureau relied on surveys of current wine drinkers conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to determine consumers' perceptions of the statements. The administration determined that drinking patterns would most likely not be influenced by the new messages on the wine bottles.

The new label messages were suggested by two organizations that represent the wine industry.

The first message, "The proud people who made this wine encourage you to consult your family doctor about the health effects of wine consumption," was recommended by the Coalition for Truth & Balance, which is an ad hoc group that represents 12 American wineries.

The second message, "To learn the health effects of wine consumption, send for the Federal Government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA," was suggested by the Wine Institute. In the guidelines, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notes that "current evidence suggests that moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease in some individuals."

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

It is interesting to note that the US Treasury Department and not the FDA has jurisdiction as to the labels that go on wine. Several studies have suggested that wine has certain cardioprotective qualities and can cut the risk of stroke and age-related macular degeneration, which can cause blindness.

While moderate wine consumption -- 1 to 2 glasses per day -- can have health benefits, all alcohol use, even at low levels, impairs driving performance and can pose significant health and safety risks. One must be cautious when using wine. I do not normally recommend it for most people.

I believe they should be reserved for people who are at no risk of alcohol addiction and are already at high levels of wellness and have their grain carbohydrates under control.

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