Food and drinks labelling rules are different in different countries.
However, prevention of the misuse of alcoholic beverages is an important public health concern virtually all over the globe. This is particularly true when vulnerable groups are concerned, such as pregnant or lactating women, having in mind detrimental effect alcohol can have on foetal or baby health.
Many governments are either starting to define or have already implemented different labeling requirements to prevent alcohol-related damages for vulnerable categories such as young people and pregnant women.
Mandatory labelling rules themselves can provide a unique opportunity for governments to disseminate health promotion messages at the point of sale and/or point of consumption of alcoholic beverages. Such kinds of messages also have a low cost to the public spending and yet, can be a rather powerful tool in reminding the public of the risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
In our previous article, we presented the case of alcohol labeling rules in Lithuania and in other EU member states, with the focus on health warnings enforced in the EU against the consumption of alcoholic drinks during pregnancy.
Internationally, there are different rules on how countries are tackling this issue.
Here is a global overview of alcohol labeling provisions.
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