Beer cans and wine bottles should have health warning, says top Bolton doctor

Beer cans and wine bottles should have health warning, says top Bolton doctor

Beer cans and wine bottles should have health warning, says top Bolton doctor

Dr Kieran Moriarty

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

HEALTH warnings on beer cans and wine bottles would educate the public about the harm of drinking, according to a leading Bolton consultant.

Dr Kieran Moriarty, a gastroenterologist specialising in alcohol-related illnesses at the Royal Bolton Hospital, said the messages should outline the likelihood of alcohol causing liver disease or cancer.

His calls come after MPs urged the Prime Minister to bring in legislation similar to the laws covering cigarette packaging.

The All Parliamentary Party Group on Alcohol Misuse wants the Government to commit to 10 recommendations, including printing the harmful effects of drinking on packaging.

Dr Moriarty said: “The most important thing is to educate the public. People do not realise that alcohol has about 70 different harmful effects on the body.

“It plays a major role in several cancers, especially cancer of the breast, mouth, liver, larynx and bowel.

“It has this impact even in small amounts and has particularly harmful affects on high blood pressure.

“There are also an increasing number of people with brain damage, as well as cases of depression and suicide associated with drinking.”

He said the most important recommendation of the report was the introduction of a mandatory minimum price per unit, which would help stop binge drinkers buying large quantities of cheap cider and spirits.

The report has also called for strengthening the regulations surrounding alcohol marketing and a reduction of the drink drive limit.

MPs wrote: “Health warnings are a familiar and prominent feature on all tobacco products. Likewise, detailed nutritional labelling is ubiquitous on food products and soft drinks.

“Yet consumer information on alcohol products usually extends no further than the volume strength and unit content.”

Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP and chairwoman of the parliamentary group, said: "Getting political parties to seriously commit to these 10 measures will be a massive step in tackling the huge public health issue that alcohol is.”

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10:04am Tue 12 Aug 14

Lapdog says...

Nanny State.

Who doesn't already know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for you?

Come to think of it, everything that we eat or drink has some potentially harmful effect - the result of oxidation and the production of free radicals by our bodies!

What a waste of time and money by the All Parliamentary Party Group - see they know how to have fun with our money in Westminster, they even have a PARTY Group

(BN should this be the All Party Parliamentary Group ........ - tut tut)
Nanny State. Who doesn't already know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for you? Come to think of it, everything that we eat or drink has some potentially harmful effect - the result of oxidation and the production of free radicals by our bodies! What a waste of time and money by the All Parliamentary Party Group - see they know how to have fun with our money in Westminster, they even have a PARTY Group (BN should this be the All Party Parliamentary Group ........ - tut tut) Lapdog
  • Score: 9

10:33am Tue 12 Aug 14

marco999 says...

What utter nonsense and a waste of time that would be. Let us have a show of hands - who doesn't know that drinking alcohol excessively may lead to health problems? Hang on a minute while I count - right, the results are in - NO ONE.
What utter nonsense and a waste of time that would be. Let us have a show of hands - who doesn't know that drinking alcohol excessively may lead to health problems? Hang on a minute while I count - right, the results are in - NO ONE. marco999
  • Score: 8

12:13pm Tue 12 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

Lapdog wrote:
Nanny State.

Who doesn't already know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for you?

Come to think of it, everything that we eat or drink has some potentially harmful effect - the result of oxidation and the production of free radicals by our bodies!

What a waste of time and money by the All Parliamentary Party Group - see they know how to have fun with our money in Westminster, they even have a PARTY Group

(BN should this be the All Party Parliamentary Group ........ - tut tut)
I really don't think you know just how bad drinking can be for you........
[quote][p][bold]Lapdog[/bold] wrote: Nanny State. Who doesn't already know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for you? Come to think of it, everything that we eat or drink has some potentially harmful effect - the result of oxidation and the production of free radicals by our bodies! What a waste of time and money by the All Parliamentary Party Group - see they know how to have fun with our money in Westminster, they even have a PARTY Group (BN should this be the All Party Parliamentary Group ........ - tut tut)[/p][/quote]I really don't think you know just how bad drinking can be for you........ manchester1
  • Score: -3

2:47pm Tue 12 Aug 14

John Edwards says...

I have not a problem with any warnings on cans or bottles, as this will not stop people from drinking heavy. I have a problem with the government wanting to put the cost of buying alcohol up. The people who want to will always drink heavily no matter what the cost is. Why should I and other respectable drinkers pay more because of the p**sheads who can't or won't control their drinking.
I have not a problem with any warnings on cans or bottles, as this will not stop people from drinking heavy. I have a problem with the government wanting to put the cost of buying alcohol up. The people who want to will always drink heavily no matter what the cost is. Why should I and other respectable drinkers pay more because of the p**sheads who can't or won't control their drinking. John Edwards
  • Score: 4

4:20pm Tue 12 Aug 14

stylish says...

people are aware of drinking too much alcohol and the dangers this can cause its a informed individual choice what people drink and the amount and I know many people in the medical and nursing profession who see the terrible effects alcohol can cause but they themselves are heavy drinkers so the problem is not always an educational one its a life choice of some individuals, and no amount of information labels on alcohol will change this
people are aware of drinking too much alcohol and the dangers this can cause its a informed individual choice what people drink and the amount and I know many people in the medical and nursing profession who see the terrible effects alcohol can cause but they themselves are heavy drinkers so the problem is not always an educational one its a life choice of some individuals, and no amount of information labels on alcohol will change this stylish
  • Score: 3

6:06pm Tue 12 Aug 14

AndyMorton says...

Oh like it has on fag packets apart from people who don't take notice. Fosters is bad and kills.. Let's drink it.... Good call
Oh like it has on fag packets apart from people who don't take notice. Fosters is bad and kills.. Let's drink it.... Good call AndyMorton
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

miroku says...

If they want to tackle the sale of cheap alcohol, why not start with the subsidized bars and restaurants in the Houses of Parliament.
If they want to tackle the sale of cheap alcohol, why not start with the subsidized bars and restaurants in the Houses of Parliament. miroku
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

Misinformation Moriarty strikes again.

Depression is associated with addictive personalities - addiction does not cause depression.

Drinking too much water will kill you, guaranteed, won't it Doc? How about warnings on taps, reservoirs, rivers, when it rains and water bottles?

Most alcohol drinkers do so without long term ill effect. They are already over-taxed and don't need Doc Moriarty's scare stories to penalise them further.
Misinformation Moriarty strikes again. Depression is associated with addictive personalities - addiction does not cause depression. Drinking too much water will kill you, guaranteed, won't it Doc? How about warnings on taps, reservoirs, rivers, when it rains and water bottles? Most alcohol drinkers do so without long term ill effect. They are already over-taxed and don't need Doc Moriarty's scare stories to penalise them further. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 2

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