MPs group wants health warnings on alcohol packaging

Warnings about the harmful effects of alcohol should be added to product packaging, a group of parliamentarians have recommended.

The All Parliamentary Party Group on Alcohol Misuse wants ministers to introduce health warnings on alcohol product labels similar to those on tobacco packaging to combat problem drinking.

The group also want more detailed nutritional information to be added to alcohol labels, including calorie content.

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MPs lack 'guts' to tackle drinks industry

MPs "run for cover when they are confronted by the drinks industry", said a chair of the parliamentary group who have recommended health warnings are added to alcohol labels.

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, said the group's proposals would allow MPs to show if they "really have the guts to take a different line for the country's wellbeing in the future."

After smoking, alcohol is the second biggest preventable killer. Not only does it cost lives but burdens the NHS and the criminal and justice systems and others with ever increasing costs.

All the political parties know that but they run for cover when they are confronted by the drinks industry and its immensely powerful lobby.

These proposals give them another chance to consider whether they really have the guts to take a different line for the country's wellbeing in the future.

– Lord Brooke

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