Backing for alcohol labelling plan

Colin Shevills, director Balance
Colin Shevills, director Balance

EIGHT in 10 people in South Tyneside would back the introduction of compulsory health warnings on alcoholic drinks, according to new research ahead of a Parliamentary debate today.

The survey, carried out nation-wide by the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), shows widespread support for more nutritional and health warnings on alcohol labels, as well as warnings not to drink when pregnant.

The research carried out among 308 respondents across the North East found that 80 per cent of people would back moves for alcohol labels to contain information on how alcohol can affect their health.

The inclusion of an alcoholic drink’s nutritional value and calorie content on labelling was supported by 69 per cent.

In addition, 84 per cent backed warnings on all alcohol labels, which make it clear that the safest option when pregnant is to avoid drinking alcohol completely.

The findings come as a Parliamentary debate on pregnancy and labelling of alcoholic drinks is due to take place in the House of Commons today.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, said: “It beggars belief that ordinary household products such as cereals are regulated and alcohol – which is a group 1 carcinogen – is not.

“Alcohol is linked to more than 60 medical conditions including seven different types of cancers, high blood pressure and depression, yet many people are unaware of the associated risks.

“The results of this survey highlight the public support for this measure and we fully support the AHA’s recommendations.”