Alcoholic drinks are to carry a government health warning by the end of next year. The government has made an agreement with the drinks industry that all drinks will carry details on the labels of the safe drinking levels for men and women. In addition they will carry details of how many alcoholic units each drink contains. The new rules have been brought into force after official figures revealed that over 7 million people are hazardous or harmful drinkers. Binge drinking is now a major public health concern in Britain.
The labelling decision comes hot on the heels of the Department of Health last week advising pregnant women and those trying to conceive to drink no alcohol at all, after it was revealed that many pregnant women believed it was still ok to drink as long as it was a small amount.