Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th June 2022.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Alba, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines published in August 2016, what steps he is taking to help improve public health awareness of alcohol through (a) product labelling, (b) ingredient listing, (c) calorie listing and (d) other measures.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has announced its intention to consult on whether to introduce mandatory calorie labelling on prepacked alcohol and alcohol sold in on-trade businesses such as pubs and restaurants. The consultation will also seek views on whether the provision of the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines should be mandatory or continue on a voluntary basis. Respondents to the consultation can also suggest additional labelling requirements for consideration, such as ingredient listing. The Department continues to promote the low risk drinking guidelines through public health messaging, including the ‘Better Health’ campaign and the Drink Free Days app.

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