Filed under “Office Christmas Parties That I Don’t Want to Attend” the folks over at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are exposing their anti-alcohol agenda…again. 

Last week, a study conducted by the CDC and published in the American Journal of Public Health found that moderate drinking was one of four behaviors that would help extend an individual’s life.  Cheers to that!

However, the CDC’s press release twisted the findings saying that people should be “limiting alcohol” giving the obvious impression that alcohol is bad.  What the study actually said is that people should include “moderate alcohol consumption” in their diets. 

Oh, those crafty CDC press people!  Thought no one would notice, huh?

Well the folks over at the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) did notice and they responded with their own press release which explained the actual CDC findings (isn’t it just great that the folks at the CDC can’t seem to accurately describe their VERY OWN study?  Another fine example of your taxpayer dollars at work!). 

The DISCUS press release was then picked up by an editor at the Greensboro (North Carolina) New Recordwho criticized DISCUS-suggesting it was they who were being misleading.  Undeterred, the folks from Distilled Spirits contacted the reporter and asked him to look at the actual study and compare it to the two press releases (both CDC’s and DISCUS’s).

Hmm, not only did the editor agree with DISCUS, he issued an apology, saying “Apologies to the Distilled Spirits Council, and go ahead and enjoy that drink if you want.”

Now, if we can just get the CDC’s press office to read the study…and issue a retraction.