125. Controversies in Practice: Alcohol – To Drink or Not to Drink?

Tuesday, October 29
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A
CE: 1.5
Level 2- Intermediate
Activity Code: 149645

On any given day in America, over half of the population consumes alcohol. While there is scientific consensus on the health detriment of overconsumption, there is less agreement on if we should be drinking at all. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines outlined how alcohol can fit into a healthy diet, but a recent meta-analysis argued that guidance should be re-evaluated. With 2020 Dietary Guidelines underway, now is the time to hear the arguments and decide for yourself.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the health impacts of alcohol on the individual and across populations
  • Identify the available evidence on clinical trials of alcohol consumption
  • Summarize to a patient the pluses and minus of light, medium and heavy drinking

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4030 Dietary guidelines, DRIs, Choose My Plate, food labeling
  • 4050 Epidemiology
  • 3020 Assessment of target groups, populations

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.3.7 Documents social and epidemiological findings and the availability, accessibility, timetable, budget implications and allocation of the programs priority goals and objectives.
  • 13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines and organization policies in menu development and implementation.
  • 8.2.1 Assesses the physical, social and cultural needs of the individual, group, community or population.


  • Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

    Associate Professor

    Kansas State University

  • Speaker(s)

  • Max Griswold

    Policy Researcher

    RAND Corporation

  • Eric Rimm, ScD

    Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition

    Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health