Doctors demand warning labels for alcoholic drinks

Eight out of ten doctors think alcoholic drinks should carry warning labels, BMA Scotland has found.

The body is calling for legislation to introduce compulsory labelling on all alcoholic products to prevent binge-drinking and alcoholism-related health problems.

BMA Scotland claims the drinks industry is flouting the drinks labelling voluntary code and people are still confused about what constitutes a unit of alcohol.

Dr Peter Terry, BMA Scotland chair, said legislation is ‘the only way’ to overcome Scotland’s high levels of alcohol abuse. 

‘Labelling on alcohol content and units along with clear guidelines on the daily drinking limits would help people to better understand their own drinking habits and encourage them to make informed choices, rather than being tempted with confusing measures and marketing ploys.

‘We are disappointed that standardised labelling has not been included in the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle Scotland’s drinking problem, and only hope that this oversight will be revised.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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