Federal::Health Issues

March 2015 ::Report Released on Dietary Guidelines

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly released the report on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). The report will be used by USDA and HHS in writing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report states that moderate consumption of alcohol can be [...]

March 2014 ::CDC

The Centers for Disease Control is becoming more concerned with doctors not discussing drinking practices with patients. CDC Director Thomas Frieden states that it should be a part of a routine check-up. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 will require new insurance policies to include an alcohol screening with no patient co-pay.

September 2013 ::Centers for Disease Control

A recent study on State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption was recently issued with the support of the federal Centers for Disease Control.  The study contains a variety of flaws including, most significantly, a failure to acknowledge any of the health benefits associated with moderate consumption or any of the economic benefits that accrue in [...]

September 2013 ::.05 Blood Alcohol Level Proposal

Back in May, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a recommendation that states lower the threshold for impaired driving from .08 to .05.  Recently, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx signaled that federal Department of Transportation resources would not be used to push the policy at the federal level indicating: “to the extent that states adopt the [...]