Public in Dark
About Alcohol & Heart Disease
New Poll Boosts Institute Charges that
ATF Fosters Public Ignorance
WASHINGTON, DC November 6, 1995CEI
today releases a poll showing that over half the American public
does not know about the cardiovascular benefits of moderate
alcohol consumption. The poll comes six months after CEI
petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to lift
its ban on mentioning this issue in alcohol labelling and
advertising. ATF has taken no action on this petition.
CEI will hold a press conference
Monday, November 6, 10:30 AM at 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW
(building entrance on K Street.) Suite 1250.
The connection between moderate alcohol
consumption and reduced heart disease risk is supported by a wide
body of medical research, and has been noted in publications
ranging from the New England Journal of Medicine to Consumer
Reports. According to the new poll, which involved telephone
interviews with 1,000 registered voters conducted in late
October, only 41.7% of adults know about this medical evidence.
Research indicates that the benefits of moderate consumption can
be obtained from all alcoholic beverageswine, beer and
spirits. However, the poll found that only 9.7% of the public
knows this. Of those polled who knew about the connection between
moderate alcohol consumption and reduced risk of heart disease,
half thought it applied only to wine or to red wine.
On May 9, CEI petitioned ATF to permit
alcohol beverage labels to carry this statement: There is
significant evidence that moderate consumption of alcoholic
beverages may reduce the risk of heart disease. ATF has yet
to issue a response.
CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman stated:
This poll indicates that only one in ten Americans knows
the facts about moderate alcohol consumption. ATF is directly
responsible for fostering this state of ignorance with a policy
that flatly violates the First Amendment.