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Alcohol labels should include information on calorie content, public health doctors say

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 26 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k415
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Calorie content and health warnings should appear on the labels of alcoholic drinks, a report by public health doctors has urged.1

The Royal Society of Public Health has said that calorie content and a warning not to drink and drive should appear on the front of alcohol packaging, and health warnings, such as the risk of breast and bowel cancer, should appear on the rear.

The society warns of an “alcohol health awareness vacuum” with just 16% of people aware of the government’s alcohol guidelines, just one in 10 aware of the link between alcohol and cancer, …

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