Should you be concerned about arsenic in beer and wine?

It depends on:

  • How much beer and wine you drink.
  • What types of beer and wine you choose.

How much arsenic is in beer and wine?

All beer and wine contains some arsenic. Certain beer made with rice, rice wine (like sake) and some red or white wines may have higher amounts of arsenic in them than others.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • If you drink wine and beer on a daily basis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides a listing of arsenic content in beer and rice wines. Scroll down to beverages, and then to beer and rice wine, for content information on types of beer and rice wine. Brand names are not included. You could also check the manufacturer's website to see if arsenic content is offered for the type of beer or wine you like to drink. Limit those products with higher levels of arsenic.
  • If you choose beer and wine with higher concentrations, consider drinking less of them if your drinking water, food or other sources contain arsenic.
  • Follow the What You Can Do action steps on each webpage to reduce your total arsenic exposure.

Is there regulation of arsenic in beer and wine?

No. There are no federal laws limiting the amount of arsenic in beer and wine.

Why is there arsenic in beer and wine?

If you drink beer or wine daily, check the arsenic content and drink less.

"Some beer and wine may contain higher amounts of arsenic. Consider drinking less of these if you are concerned about reducing your exposure to arsenic." Dr. Iris Koch, Royal Military College of Canada