Call for stronger alcohol warnings

NZ Herald 19 November 2013
Strong warning labels should be placed on all beer, wine and spirits as part of a plan to stop pregnant mothers from drinking, MPs say.

The parliamentary health committee, in a special report on improving children’s health outcomes published yesterday, urged the liquor industry to place “unequivocal” warnings on its products.

It is one of a series of recommendations which are designed to reduce the rate of fetal Alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

The inquiry said data on alcohol-related disorders in pregnancy was limited but as many as 3000 babies a year could be born with one.

While major alcohol-related defects in children were easily detected, more subtle behavioural impairments such as difficulty with reading or writing were harder to pick up.