Scientists in Discredited Alcohol Study Will Not Advise U.S. on Drinking Guidelines

The National Institutes of Health abruptly canceled an ambitious research on the health implications of moderate drinking five years ago. 

The rationale was that the trial's lead scientist and officials from the federal agency's own alcohol division had solicited $60 million from alcohol makers for the research, resulting in a conflict of interest and a violation of federal regulation.

That scientist and another colleague from the canceled study with ties to the alcohol industry were recently named to a group compiling a report on alcohol and health that will be used to revise the federal government's alcohol consumption guidelines.

According to Megan Lowry, a spokeswoman for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, whose food and nutrition board formed the committee,

the appointments of the two men, Dr. Kenneth Mukamal and Dr. Eric Rimm, both of Harvard, have not yet been finalized.

Members of the public can provide feedback on the proposed appointments by Wednesday, December 6.

Ms. Lowry contacted less than an hour after this piece was published to explain that the academies had chosen not to put Dr. Mukamal and Dr. Rimm on the panel."

After considering public comments the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have received on provisional appointees to a committee that will review the evidence of the effects of alcohol on health, Eric B. 

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