In The News November 2006France: alcoholic drinks need health warnings
France has already approved warning labels aimed at pregnant women,
following evidence that 700 French children were born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in 2001.
HEALTH MESSAGE ENVISAGED
"Drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy even in small quantities
can have grave/serious consequences for the health of the baby."
Health authorities in the UK, where binge-drinking rates are among the highest in Europe,
have also spent 2006 considering cigarette packet-style health warnings on alcoholic drinks.
The British Beer and Pub Association said it welcomed a standard message on all alcoholic drinks
that would help people to monitor their drinking habits, but rejected scare tactics.
The UK government last week launched a £4m alcohol awareness campaign, ‘Know Your Limits',
intended to encourage 16-24-year-olds to drink responsibly.