Alcohol danger labelling?

Alcohol should be labelled like cigarettes, say health experts

Consumer Warning Labels Aren't Working

Warning labels are everywhere. They alert us to the risks of eating unhealthy foods, smoking cigarettes, taking prescription drugs, driving cars, using power tools, and performing many other activities. Ideally, these warnings provide requisite risk information, allowing people to decide for themselves whether an activity or a product's benefits outweigh its risks, whether to take those risks, and, if so, with what precautions.

But are our current warnings effective? Do they convey sufficient information for individuals to balance the risks and benefits? [Our answer is a resounding "no.

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Confusing headlines hinder cancer prevention message

The information surrounding cancer and cancer prevention can be confusing, particularly when conflicting messages regularly emanate from the media.

A recent Daily Mirror front page story proclaimed

"ONE glass of wine a day 'raises breast cancer risk'"

Inside, the point was stressed further

"Women told: Take a day off wine to help fight cancer - regular drinking increases danger of the disease. "

The story was based on the results of the University of Oxford's Million Women Study, recently published on a factsheet by Alcohol Concern.

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Calls for new alcohol labelling scheme

It has called for alcohol drink labels to include warnings including the government drinking guidelines, a drink-drive warning and calorie contents.

The report called Labelling the point ​ recommends a best practice scheme with a new approach in response to what it calls an 'alcohol health awareness vacuum'.

It highlighted data from the Alcohol Health Alliance 2017, which revealed that less than one-in-six people (16%) were aware of the government's low-risk alcohol guidelines.

The RSPH report argued that there should be mandatory inclusion of the government's low-risk drinking guidelines of no more than 14 units a week, in a style similar to the cigarette packets.

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