Alcohol warnings mere PR: experts

PUBLIC HEALTH experts have slammed a voluntary industry scheme that will soon see popular beer, wine and spirit products carrying health warnings, saying the “overdue” measures will have little impact on Australia’s binge-drinking rates.

The scheme, launched on 12 July by DrinkWise Australia, is aimed at convincing drinkers to ‘Get the facts’ about their alcohol consumption via the messages that will appear on product packaging.

The messages will include slogans such as “Kids and alcohol don’t mix”, “Is your drinking harming yourself or others?” and “It is safest not to drink while pregnant”.

While welcoming the campaign as industry acknowledgement that change was needed, Public Health Association of Australia spokesperson Professor Mike Daube said the push was little more than public relations and was not meaningful public health promotion.

“We welcome the