Printing guidelines for alcohol standards have been optional since 2016, but in a bid to provide consumers details on calories and ingredients in alcoholic beverages, the government have published that labels on alcoholic bottles and cans must be updated with advice on low risk drinking guidelines by September 2019.
Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies advises that you shouldn’t drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week on a regular basis. The lack of information provided means that “consumers are not aware of the damage they are doing to their health” in consuming more than this.
“Drinking guidelines to be updated on Alcoholic beverage labels“
In 2018, Scotland became the first country to introduce a minimum unit pricing on alcohol, and have reported that sales are at their lowest levels since 1994.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman commented “Scotland has on average 22 alcohol specific deaths a week so this 3% fall in sales is a promising start. With a clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum unit pricing is an effective and efficient way to tackle a problem that causes harm to families and communities.”