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White House spox dodges question about Biden admin reducing Americans' alcohol limit to two beers per week

 August 29, 2023

The Biden administration is hesitating to say whether it would endorse a suggestion urging Americans to consume no more than two beers weekly.

During a press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was questioned regarding this recently rumored recommendation, hinting that President Joe Biden might lean on expert opinions for the matter, Fox News reported.

Pointed Query from Fox News

Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy sought clarity from Jean-Pierre concerning reports that an alcohol advisor to President Biden may advocate for this strict beer consumption guideline.

Probing further, Doocy inquired if Biden would "limit Americans to two beers a week."

Jean-Pierre sidestepped the query with a light-hearted jest about missing Doocy's questions, leading him to reframe his question, pondering the potential public reaction to such a directive on alcohol.

Avoiding a direct response, Jean-Pierre indicated her reluctance to engage on the topic, emphasizing her desire to let the experts handle it.

Jean-Pierre said, "Let me tell you what I'm not gonna get involved in that question. I will leave it to the experts. I'm just not going to comment on that."

Previously, President Biden, a non-drinker himself, motivated Americans to participate in a promotional event spearheaded by beer giant Anheuser-Busch.

The company promised a complimentary beer for eligible Americans who opted for the COVID-19 vaccine. This incentive was encapsulated by Biden's 2021 remark, "Get a shot and have a beer."

Looking North for Alcohol Guidelines

The reluctance from the White House to clarify its stance on beer limits comes after a recent Daily Mail interview with George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Koob discussed the possibility of the U.S. emulating Canadian directives on alcohol.

Currently, American guidelines advise men to restrict themselves to two alcoholic beverages daily, with women recommended to have just one. However, this guidance is up for review in 2025.

In contrast, Canadians are advised to drink only two drinks per week.

Koob, who confessed to enjoying a few glasses of "buttery Californian Chardonnay" every week, expressed his keen interest in Canada's alcohol consumption experiment.

"If there's health benefits, I think people will start to re-evaluate where we're at," Koob said of a possible shift.

He emphasized the lack of discernible health benefits from alcohol and expressed confidence that the U.S. wouldn't be increasing its consumption recommendations.

Concluding his thoughts, Koob suggested that any potential change would likely align more closely with the Canadian approach.