Two Beers A Year

Drink Wise labels   Two beers a year.

That’s the limit to avoid elevated cancer risk in a study highlighted by the London Daily Express. Evidently, the Brits are discovering that previously published guidelines for alcohol consumption are too liberal – and still allow for heightened risk for certain chronic diseases.

As a result, the reaction among medical professionals was to advocate for tougher labeling on alcoholic beverages, with pictures and warnings that would deter consumers, akin to labels already affixed to tobacco products. No word yet on whether they will go forward with this, but others are already there.

In Australia, an alcohol industry agency called Drink Wise is rolling out labels on alcoholic products, to deter problem drinking and alcohol-related harms.

Do you think warning labels would be beneficial in Ontario?

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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