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Distilled Dispatch April 5, 2016

 

April 5, 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 4
 
Kraig Naasz

President’s Perspective


Alcohol and health is a hot topic here in the United States and abroad.  

Earlier this year, England’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies announced strict new drinking guidelines proclaiming “no safe limit” of alcohol consumption and dismissing the research on the benefits of moderate drinking as an “old wives’ tale.”  

An even more recent attack on moderate drinking came last week in a “study” by Tim Stockwell et al claiming that the body of evidence on potential health benefits of moderate drinking was flawed. The study garnered headlines from CBS News to U.S. News & World Report.

The New York Times blasted the Stockwell study within a day of its release, and a critique by the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research concluded that the study “markedly distorts the accumulated scientific evidence on alcohol and cardiovascular disease.” 

One Forum member stated, “The biased selection of studies that are included undermines the value of the paper, but more importantly promulgates misinformation in the name of appropriate scientific method.  Failure to acknowledge the robust body of knowledge that supports the opposite conclusion…is unconscionable.”

Similarly, Davies was roundly criticized in editorials across the United Kingdom for ignoring the scientific evidence, scaremongering and nanny statism.

This push back against anti-alcohol activists who masquerade as unbiased scientists and policy makers is noteworthy and justified. 

To be clear, the spirits sector does not recommend that people drink alcohol for potential health benefits.  At the same time, it should be noted that the overwhelming body of scientific evidence concludes that when consumed in moderation, alcohol is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.  This is important information for the 100 million American adults who enjoy having cocktails from time to time.

The spirits sector is committed to doing its part to promote moderation and responsibility.  As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Council is offering adult consumers a free “Alcohol and Moderation” brochure.  This brochure has been updated to reflect the newest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provides consumers with information on drink-equivalents, calories, and alcohol and health. 

Importantly, the beverage alcohol community is also committed to pushing back against those who try to dictate behavior change by distorting science.  Our message to policy-makers and consumers is simple and science-based:  Moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy adult lifestyle; but moderation is the key. 
 

Council Teams with White House to Promote Spirits Exports

Fifteen small distillers from across Washington state gathered Friday at Westland Distillery in Seattle to meet with White House Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary Gaurab Bansal to discuss the positive impact of international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the U.S. distilled spirits sector.

Bansal said of TPP, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a high standards agreement that will eliminate thousands of taxes that other countries impose on Made in Washington exports, which will support local jobs and level the playing field for Washington state workers. Those tax cuts include tariffs as high as 55 percent that Washington state’s small distilleries face as they look to export to rapidly growing markets across Asia. TPP will bolster our leadership abroad and help the more than 11,000 exporting small businesses in Washington state compete around the world.”

Kent Fleischmann, co-owner of Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane, reported that his products are currently available in 20 countries and passage of TPP would help him to expand into additional markets.

For more information, please contact Senior Vice President for International Affairs Christine LoCascio at (202) 682-8894 or CLoCascio@DistilledSpirits.org.

Westland Distillery CEO Andrew Madderson, Westland Distillery Master Distiller Matt Hofmann, White House Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary Gaurab Bansal, DISCUS President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz and Dry Fly Distilling Co-Owner Kent Fleischmann
 
International

"Brunch Bill" Signed in West Virginia 

West Virginians will soon be able to enjoy a Bloody Mary at brunch following last week's signing of legislation by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin that changes the on-premise serving hours for alcohol from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m., if approved by local option. The Council’s David Wojnar discussed the new law on West Virginia Metro News radio and emphasized securing Sunday sales as the Council’s next focus in the Mountaineer state.

For more information, please contact Vice President David Wojnar at (202) 682-8805 or DWojnar@DistilledSpirits.org.

Council Seeks Equal Treatment for Distilleries in Iowa

The Distilled Spirits Council is backing legislation that would allow Iowa distilleries to sell their spirits by the glass in tasting rooms.

House File 2431 would also increase the daily sales limit from two bottles per person to a 12-bottle case and increase the state-imposed production cap that limits the amount of spirits a distillery can produce annually. Breweries and wineries in Iowa can sell by the glass and by the bottle, with no sales or production limits.

For more information, please contact Vice President David Wojnar at (202) 682-8805 or DWojnar@DistilledSpirits.org.

 

Council Offers Moderation Brochure

As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Council is offering adult consumers and member companies an updated “Alcohol and Moderation” brochure. This brochure reflects the newest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provides consumers with information on drink-equivalents, calories, and alcohol and health.

Members can request copies by contacting Vice President for Public Affairs Lisa Hawkins at (202) 682-8840 or LHawkins@DistilledSpirits.org.

 

Industry Relations
DISCUS President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz samples the Single Malt from Westland Distillery, which was recently named Whisky Magazine's 2016 Craft Producer of the Year.
DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations David Wojnar (center) was joined by David Woods and Kendra White of Wiggly Bridge Distillery at the Council’s Maine Legislative Reception at the Gin Mill in Augusta, Maine.
 
"A special thanks to the Distilled Spirits Council for inviting us to this great event," said David Woods of Wiggly Bridge Distillery.
 
DISCUS Vice President of Government Relations David Culver discusses plans for the Democratic Convention with the Democratic Host Committee at the New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia.
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Calendar

April 11-12
Distilled Spirits Council
Military Sales Committee Meeting
Jacksonville, Fla.


Distilled Spirits Council
Market Access Promotion

April 12
Cape Town, South Africa
April 13
Pretoria, South Africa
April 14
Johannesburg, South Africa

April 18 - 21
WSWA Convention & Exposition
Las Vegas, N.V. 

April 24 - 29
Distilled Spirit Council's
American Whiskey Trail Media Tour
Virginia, Tennessee & Kentucky


May 9 - 10
The 2016 Wine & Spirits Summit
Miami Beach, Fla.

June 7 - 8
Distilled Spirits Council
Annual Policy Conference
Washington, D.C.

 
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