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Royal Society for Public Health Alcohol Labelling Report

February 7, 2018

The Royal Society for Public Health has published a report calling for detailed labelling on alcoholic drinks in order to combat a lack of awareness about the potential health consequences of alcohol consumption. In the foreword, Shirley Cramer explains that the inclusion of comprehensive nutritional and health information on labels would help to address any lingering confusion about alcohol's effect on long-term health.

However, public health academics and members of alcohol insustry standards bodies disagree over the amount of interest that the general public have shown in overhaulling drinks labelling. In a recent article from the BBC, John Timothy of the Portman Group was quoted as saying there was "strong opposition to cramming more information on packs".

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