Calls for Cigarette Style Warnings on Alcohol


Fraser Clarke

Calls have been made for cigarette style warnings to appear on alcohol in New Zealand.

Alcohol abuse is a major issue in the country, however it is one that has been all too often overlooked by those studying addiction.

Statistics published by the New Zealand Drug Foundation showed that alcohol caused more health issues than illegal drugs methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, acid and heroin combined, whilst more than 80% of Kiwis are now regular drinkers.

That has lead to calls from Doug Sellman of the National Addiction Centre for action to reduce the figures.

Recently beer producers in the country have started to publish nutritional information on their bottles, however Sellman believes this is a ‘smokescreen’ for the real issues.

He said: “There needs to be clearer labelling on bottles about the risks of alcohol, including brain damage to unborn children and cancer.

“These are the kinds of labels that need to go on to wine bottles rather than all the nutritional issues. The nutritional issues are just completely trivial.”

Perhaps understandably alcohol producers in the country have spoken out against the plans, with many members of New Zealand’s world famous wine industry expressing particular concerns about the impact cigarette style warnings could have on their sales - and image.

With the financial burden of alcoholism rising worldwide however it’s evident that something has to change. Is this something you’d support? Let us know via our social media channels.

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