The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has called for changes to how alcohol products are labelled to help reduce alcohol-related harm.
Under current European Union (EU) regulations, many alcoholic beverages are exempt from declaring their ingredients and nutritional values. The European alcoholic beverages sector submitted a proposal this year to self-regulate the provision of nutritional information and ingredients listings, which would include providing information on labels or by directing consumers to an off-label source such as a website, depending on the alcohol sector.
However, the CPME says it believes that self-regulation “is not an appropriate way to protect the population from alcohol-related harm” and said to protect the health of the population, alcoholic beverages should be legally required to list their ingredients and nutritional values, and to display those values legibly on the product’s label.
In a new policy statement, the CPME calls on the European Commission and European co-legislators to end the exemption of alcoholic beverages from providing labelling information. “CPME believes that labels should be considered an important part of a comprehensive strategy to provide information and educate people to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm,” the statement says.