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Wine and Common Sense

Shared by Dana Alexander


For those adults who include wine in their lifestyle...

1. Wine should be consumed only in moderation, and preferably around mealtime.

2. Wine consumption should be part of social, family, celebratory or other occasions, but not as their central focus.

3. Excessive consumption should be discouraged, and the choice of abstinance for religious, health or personal reasons must be respected.

Science as well as the traditions of many cultures have shown moderate wine consumption to be consistent with different dietary models - such as the Mediterranean, Asian, Latin American and Vegetarian Pyramids, which have all included wine as an optional component.

The 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the official United States nutrition policy, advises,"If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, with meals, and when consumption does not put you or others at risk." The Dietary Guidelines define moderation as "no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men"

The developers of the Guidelines for Sensible Wine Drinking urge society and parents to take a more active role in teaching young people about responsible drinking customs so they are prepared to make informed choices.

~Adopted from the Guidelines for Sensible Wine Drinking, Published by Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust in cooperation with scientists from Boston University, Harvard University, Washington University and others, 1996.

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