I can't imagine most Montanans would like this potential change that's making headlines.

Canada's New Guidelines

Recently, Canada put out new alcohol guidelines that, according to an article from CTV News, say, "to minimize the risk associated with drinking, the CCSA recommends consuming no more than two alcoholic drinks per week, a dramatic reduction from the previous cap of 15 drinks for men and 10 drinks for women."

Could This Happen in the U.S.?

Canada might not be the only nation reviewing alcohol consumption guidelines. Now, an interview that a U.S. "health czar" gave to the Daily Mail is going viral.

Dr. George Koob is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), told the Daily Mail, "If there's health benefits, I think people will start to re-evaluate where we're at [in the US]."

An article from fox8.com points out that guidelines in the U.S. have been in place since the 1990s.

Montana's Drinking Habits

A document from PublicHealth in the 406 titled "Summary of Alcohol Use in Montana" points out that when compared to US adults, more Montanans identify as drinkers and more Montanans engage in binge drinking. Montanans are also ranked #1 for drunk drivers per capita. 

Montana's Drinking Culture

Yet, Montana also benefits financially from a culture that supports drinking alcohol. In a press release from 2019, the Montana Brewer's Association said that, "Breweries in Montana generate an annual economic impact of $442 million and support 2,723 jobs, according to 2017 data from the Brewers Association."

All that being said, we would like to know how Montanans feel about this particular issue. Take our poll below and share your thoughts on alcohol consumption in the U.S.

Please remember, if you do drink, do so responsibly.

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