Alcoholic drinks in Britain will get new warning labels under a government scheme to be implemented by the end of 2008. All such drinks will be expected to carry details of units and recommended safe drinking levels on their labels.
At present, bottles and cans carry percentage details of alcohol and most of them carry unit information.
But now the government in Britain wants safety advice for pregnant women to be put on alcoholic drink bottles. Also expected to be printed on labels will be the recommendations for safe drinking and the drink’s unit content.
One unit is equivalent to a small glass of wine, half a pint of beer or one pub measure of spirits.
The government has also recommended that men do not regularly exceed three or four units a day and women do not exceed two or three units a day.
The move comes amid fears about the rise in binge drinking and an increase in alcohol-related diseases and death.