31 May 2007

Methodist response to plans to label alcoholic drinks

Rachel Lampard, Methodist Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs: "The Methodist Church welcomes the initiative to include health warnings on bottles of alcohol, a move for which it has long campaigned. Under an agreement between the Government and the drinks industry, alcohol packaging will contain information about the number of units a glass, can or bottle contains along with guidelines for maximum daily consumption for men and women.

"Better labelling will not be sufficient in itself to tackle excessive drinking and the damage it causes. But giving people information about the number of units of alcohol they are consuming is a crucial part of helping them to make informed decisions about sensible drinking. This is particularly important at a time when many alcoholic drinks are becoming stronger. Some Methodists choose to abstain from alcohol, while others drink moderately, but all are opposed to excessive drinking. "

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