Alcohol understanding for all
In this issue: Australia expected to consider alcohol warning labels; UK to lower wine alcohol minimum; High risk drinking treatment guidelines; Alcohol has lessons for cannabis
Australia expected to consider warning labels: The Australian federal government is seeking advice on ways to raise public awareness of alcohol harm, advice which is expected to include warning labels. Nearly 80% would support the move. Australian alcohol deaths are up 30% on pre-pandemic levels, on a par with Canada, the UK and US.
UK government set to lower wine alcohol minimum: The UK government plans to reduce the level of alcohol where a product can be called “wine” below 8.5% to zero . In August it began charging tax in line to its alcohol content rather than charging a flat fee per bottle, meaning potential savings of 21p ($0.25) per percentage point less in a bottle.
High risk drinking treatment guidelines: A paper published this month offered 15 recommendations for the screening, diagnosis, withdrawal management and treatment of high-risk drinking
Alcohol has lessons for cannabis: There is a lot legislators can learn from alcohol policy in regulating cannabis to “ensure that the power of commercial entities is sufficiently limited through regulation of price, availability and marketing” said the Institute of Alcohol Studies in a new report.