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Evidence based health warnings needed for alcohol

Evidence based health warnings needed for alcohol 

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) welcomes the launch today of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse’s Manifesto 2015, and supports its recommendation that all alcohol labels should include a health warning.  

Commenting on the recommendation, FPH spokesperson Professor Mark Bellis, said:

“The types of messages Government are currently allowing the industry to put on products are a long way from the effective messages that were and are employed on tobacco products. 

It is time for genuine evidence informed health messages that tell the public about the links between alcohol and cancer, liver disease, injury, violence and a wide range of other health conditions that result in around a million alcohol related hospital admissions each year.

The warning should be prominent, covering at least 1/3 of the label and no smaller than a stipulated font size, and its content should be determined by an independent public health body – not the industry.”  See what a health warning might look like here

FPH also supports the APPG’s recommendation that Government should fund a national campaign on alcohol-related health issues, designed and delivered independently of the alcohol industry. 

FPH is a member of the Alcohol Health Alliance, and supports its Health First strategy, which also calls for a minimum unit price for alcohol. 

Written: 11/08/2014

 

 

Written: 11/08/2014 , last modified: 26/09/2014