Alcohol warning labels urged after coroners’ web appeals

NZ Herald Apr 22, 2009

Alcohol advisory groups have renewed calls to put warning labels on alcohol following a recommendation posted by the chief coroner on the internet. Nearly 60 health and safety recommendations by the country’s coroners issued over the past 20 months were put on the coroners’ website yesterday. One of the coroners’ appeals was that labels should be fixed to alcohol bottles in the same way health warnings were printed on tobacco packets. The website added that greater efforts should be made to educate the public through campaigns about the danger of death from drinking too much alcohol. The Alcohol Advisory Council (Alac) said the labels should be on the container warning pregnant women of the dangers of alcohol to their unborn child.