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FPH welcomes public support for health warning on alcohol

FPH supports the call today by the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) for health warnings on alcohol, so that people are better informed about the risks of drinking. A survey of 3,077 people across the UK found that 83% of people support information on how alcohol can impact on health and 87% support a warning that when pregnant, the safest option is to avoid alcohol completely.
 
Professor Mark Bellis, FPH’s lead spokesperson on alcohol, said: “It’s excellent news that there is overwhelming public support for health labeling on alcohol. FPH has been calling for this measure to be introduced for several years. 

"At the moment, when people think about the dangers associated with alcohol, they are more likely to think of the problems caused by binge drinking rather than increased risks of breast cancer. These health warnings would help educate the public and give them key information before they decide to buy a can or bottle containing alcohol. This measure would also make it easier for people to understand the case for a minimum unit price for alcohol.
 
"The evidence linking alcohol to over 60 medical conditions is unarguable, so we need factual, not sensational, warnings to help the public understand the risks. People don't realise that drink is associated with a whole range of health harms, many with long-term implications. The health messages that are most important for people to see are the ones that drinks manufacturers are least likely to want to put on their products. Ministers would need to stipulate the size of the warnings on the label of all cans and bottles and the content of the warning should be informed by public health and developed independently from the alcohol industry."

Written: 07/01/2015 , last modified: 17/09/2015