Labelling alcohol … would it make a difference?

Here’s a question: should alcoholic beverages carry labelling detailing the health effects of its consumption?

Nutrition labelling requirements were put into effect a number of years ago in Canada. Every food and beverage item for sale must contain a detailed list of ingredients, as well as nutrients like sodium, fat and sugar. We can make our choices based on the label. Tobacco, by law, also must contain label warnings on the package about the health effects. 

What if a bottle of wine stated the low-risk drinking guidelines right on the container? What if it announced that your risk of cancer goes up the more alcohol you consume? Would people use this to make educated choices about their consumption? Would it make a difference to you?

Author: Diane RN

I'm a Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

1 thought on “Labelling alcohol … would it make a difference?”

  1. Your opinion on whether nutritional labelling would impact alcohol consumption might be linked to how effective you feel such labelling works to influence diet. Do people read these labels on various food items? Does it make a difference in terms of consumption? The answer for many persons might be ‘sometimes’.

    Would strong visual warnings deter or limit personal choice when it came to alcohol purchases and then consumption, if they were place conspicuously on bottles of whiskey or wine…? A picture of a compromised liver might look very unappealing on a bottle of rye.

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