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Alcohol labelling in Ireland

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1215: tabled on 24 May 2023

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 13 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House congratulates the pioneering efforts of the Irish Government for introducing mandatory health labelling on alcoholic drinks to alert consumers to calorie content, grams of alcohol, risks of cancer and liver disease and dangers of drinking while pregnant; recognises that standardised health labelling enable consumers to make informed decisions on alcohol consumption; notes that other food, drink and tobacco products contain clear health information, and where necessary, health warnings, therefore mandatory health labelling of alcohol products would be in line with existing practices; is alarmed that alcohol, like tobacco and asbestos, is a group 1 carcinogen and linked to over 100 illnesses yet such risks are not part of UK alcohol labelling requirements; is concerned that the current voluntary self-regulatory UK model of alcohol labelling does not sufficiently inform consumers; and calls on the Government to follow Ireland’s leadership and introduce mandatory health labelling on alcohol products that informs consumers of the significant health risks, to help reduce soaring rates of alcohol harm in the UK.