There’s more information on a bottle of orange juice than a bottle of wine – even though alcohol consumption is linked to seven types of cancer and more than 200 other diseases.
We don’t think that’s right.
Alcohol is exempt from most labelling requirements for food and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol product labels do not need to show any information on calories, nutritional values, ingredients, health warnings, or the weekly drinking guidelines. Consumers need this information to make informed choices about what and how much they drink. Currently, only one in five people know the drinking guidelines.
The government is planning a consultation on including calories on alcohol labels. That’s a great first step but we believe they need to go further and include more information on the drinking guidelines and health impacts of alcohol as well.
Will you ask the Minister to be bold and give consumers the information they need? You can use the draft email we prepared or add a personal message to make it more powerful. If you care about alcohol harm, or have personal or professional experience, the Minister needs to hear from you.
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