America’s shy drinkers

Does anyone really believe that, as the Centers for Disease Control reported last month, only five percent of American women have one drink every day? I know we are supposed to be celebrating the legacy of Susan B. Anthony this year, but between the mistreatment of immigrants and anti-Catholic vandalism, I think she would be more than satisfied. Pretending to be a nation of teetotalers seems like overdoing it slightly.

According to the CDC’s metrics, if you are a woman and have, say, a daily glass of wine with dinner, you are a “heavy drinker.” This definition, which graciously allows men to have as many as two drinks per day, is itself the result of CDC surveys, making the whole thing feel suspiciously circular.


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