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MPs call for health warnings on alcohol

By Ella Pickover

Ministers should introduce health warnings on wine bottles in a bid to combat problem drinking, parliamentarians have said.

Labels on alcohol products should caution about the harmful effects of drinking, the All Parliamentary Party Group on Alcohol Misuse said.

The group has called on political parties to commit to 10 recommendations to help minimise alcohol-related harm in the UK.

The recommendation document states: "Health warnings are a familiar and prominent feature on all tobacco products. Likewise, detailed nutritional labelling is ubiquitous on food products and soft drinks.

"Yet consumer information on alcohol products usually extends no further than the volume strength and unit content. In order to inform consumers about balanced risk, every alcohol label should include an evidence-based health warning as well as describing the product's nutritional, calorific and alcohol content."

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