15 February 2010

Methodist Church welcomes alcohol labelling proposals

The Methodist Church has welcomed news that the drinks industry could be forced to put health warnings on all alcoholic drinks.

The proposals from the Department of Health would mean that, by law, labels would have to give information such as the number of units contained in the drink, guidelines for alcohol consumption and the Drinkaware Trust website (www.drinkaware.co.uk). The Church has been calling for improved labelling since the launch of the voluntary scheme in 2007.

David Bradwell, Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church in Britain, said: "There has been very slow progress with the voluntary labelling scheme, where the onus for action is left to producers. But because responsible marketing is not a priority for many alcohol producers, mandatory labelling has to be the answer. People should know exactly how many units are in each bottle and should be aware of the health risks, so that they can make an informed choice about what and how much they drink."

But the Church believes that further action will be needed to tackle Britain's binge drinking culture, and it is pressing for the Government to introduce a minimum sale price for each unit of alcohol. "Cheap booze blights lives," David continued. "We need radical action to tackle the devastation caused by alcohol abuse."

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