National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

The avoidable costs of alcohol abuse in Australia and the potential benefits of effective policies to reduce the social costs of alcohol

6.4 Standard drinks labelling and health warnings on drinks containers

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Standard drinks labelling is also within the category of provision of reasonable public information, as are health warnings on alcohol containers. There appears to be considerable public confusion regarding the size and strength of standard drinks and standard units of alcohol. Warning labels can also refer to dangers for specific groups, e.g. pregnant women, car drivers or operators of machinery. The existence of recently-revised low-risk drinking guidelines will enhance the effectiveness of drinks labelling and health warnings. As with drinking guidelines, there is insufficient quantified evidence of the effects of warning labels to be able to estimate potential cost reductions.

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