Note: There are several links to articles embedded in the post following that give more context.
In fact, the total volume of wine sold through distributors in the US has turned negative in both restaurants and grocery/drug store sales in the 12 month period ending in June of this year. When was the last time that happened?
More recently in this blog, I wrote an article on one particular piece of "research" that was funded by anti-alcohol groups. The stated goal of the junk science was to "communicate possible cancer risks that exploit successful historical messaging on smoking." Said plainly, the goal of the research was to use the known link between cancer and cigarettes and cross-pollinate that same cancer fear to wine consumption.
I don't know what new warning labels will say, but they won't tell the story that moderate consumption is healthy. More likely, it will include a warning with the word cancer - no matter how weak the link is between cancer and moderate wine consumption. The wording in the warning label nearby is what is currently being suggested by one group.
My own view on wine consumption is obviously biased, but it is influenced by the consistent science that demonstrates wine consumption in moderation produces better health outcomes compared to those who abstain from consuming any alcohol. I believe wine is part of many cultures and enhances the enjoyment of food, family gatherings and life in general. I like food and wine.
Could there be a marginal increase in cancer of some type with wine consumption? Maybe, but overall health outcomes are enhanced when wine is consumed in moderation. Isn't that the important news?
What will happen to wine consumption if this narrative continues and gains strength? IWSR wrote a piece suggesting the link being drawn between cigarettes and alcohol will drive new legislation.
What's Your Opinion?
- Is the wine industry doing anything to combat this attack?
- Do you believe wine causes cancer like cigarettes?
- What percentage of current wine consumers today will agree that wine in moderation is good for you?
Please share this post on your favorite social media platform. We need to heighten the discussion of this topic.