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Here's What Your Alcohol Could Look Like If The Government Puts Health Warnings On It

Politicians are calling for "tobacco-style" health warnings on alcohol bottles and cans.

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We've mocked up what these health warnings could look like if they followed the same style as tobacco products.

The recommendations were part of a report by the all-party parliamentary group on alcohol misuse. It points out that other products already carry warnings, and argues that booze should not be exempt.

"Health warnings are a familiar and prominent feature on all tobacco products," the report says. "Likewise, detailed nutritional labelling is ubiquitous on food products and soft drinks.

"Yet consumer information on alcohol products usually extends no further than the volume strength and unit content."

The health warnings are one of 10 recommendations, which also include a lower drink-drive limit, tighter regulation of alcohol marketing, and a law forbidding alcohol to be sold below a certain price.

The government has in the past considered a law banning the sale of alcohol beneath a certain price, but ultimately backed down.

The MPs didn't specify what the warnings should look like, but drew comparisons to tobacco warnings. Smaller voluntary warnings by manufacturers already appear on many bottles and cans.

Responding to the MPs, a government spokeswoman said it was working with the industry on a voluntary basis to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol. She noted that the industry already puts smaller voluntary warnings on many products.

The spokeswoman didn't quite rule the labelling policy out, but it's unlikely that any party will announce the move before the next general election.

Political reporter at Buzzfeed UK. @joncstone on Twitter

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