MPs call for warn­ings on all al­co­hol

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ancient Clock Restored -

Al­co­hol could come with a health warn­ing, sim­i­lar to those on cig­a­rette pack­ets, un­der new rules pro­posed by MPs.

The All Par­lia­men­tary Group on Al­co­hol Mis­use, chaired by Chatham and Ayles­ford Tracey Crouch, is call­ing for the la­bels to be com­pul­sory on all beer, wine and spir­its to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of ex­ces­sive drink­ing.

It is part of a raft of pro­posed mea­sures to tackle al­co­hol abuse and the ris­ing cost of drinkre­lated is­sues.

Miss Crouch said al­co­hol harm costs the UK £21 bil­lion a year.

The group is call­ing for clear la­bels on al­co­hol with health warn­ings, drink-drive mes­sages and nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion, such as how many calo­ries are in a bot­tle of wine.

Miss Crouch said: “There isn’t one sin­gle mea­sure that is go­ing to solve the prob­lem of al­co­hol harm but we do think la­belling and more prom­i­nent la­belling could make peo­ple more aware of what they are con­sum­ing.”

The cross-party re­port is also call­ing for strength­en­ing of rules around ad­ver­tis­ing, a min­i­mum unit price and tight­en­ing of drink-drive rules.

It sug­gests the drink-drive limit is re­duced for younger driv­ers, which could mean a sin­gle drink could push a mo­torist over the limit.

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