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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Understanding Moderation

Part of responsible drinking is understanding that a standard drink of beer, distilled spirits and wine each contains the same amount of alcohol. It's not what you drink, it's how much that counts.

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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Committed to Responsibility

For more than 75 years, the spirits industry has adhered to a rigorous set of standards for beverage alcohol advertising and marketing. Click here to learn more about the Code.

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Leading Government Survey Does Not Support Claims That Alcohol Use Disorder is on the Rise in the United States

Washington, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement in response to claims published in JAMA Psychiatry that suggests alcohol use disorder is on the rise in the United States.

“While any amount of alcohol abuse is too much, the claims published in JAMA Psychiatry do not comport with findings of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the federal government’s leading survey that tracks substance use disorders,” said Dr. Sam Zakhari, Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President of Science and former division director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 

“The NSDUH shows a decline in alcohol use disorders among all age groups,” said Dr. Zakhari. 


The NSDUH is “the primary source for statistical information on illicit drug use, alcohol use, substance use disorders (SUDs), and mental health issues for the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which conducts the survey.  This national survey of approximately 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older has been conducted annually since in 1971.


The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States.



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