It has been in the news recently that health warnings surrounding alcohol consumption habits should be made clearer to consumers, in order to tackle some of the rapidly growing health issues in the UK. A list of ten recommendations has been announced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group, one of which declaring that alcohol should be labelled in the same way as cigarettes, clearly demonstrating the negative effects it can have on your health.
Recent reports demonstrate that the general public are unaware of how excessive consumption can have a bad impact on many different aspects of your life. Although liver disease is thought to be commonly linked to alcohol intake, the news explains how the many other problems it can cause need to be made clearer, such as an increased risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure and strokes, among other serious problems.
As part of the report, certain statistics have been made more transparent, emphasising the gravity of the UK’s problem. Each year, alcohol-related issues in the UK cost the economy £21 billion. This includes the money spent on the NHS, lost working days and emergency services responding to alcohol-related crimes.
The motion to change drinks labels want the calorie content, strength and number of units to be clearly displayed on all alcoholic drinks. The party is reported to also want to see other changes made to how drinking is controlled - for example, cutting the amount you’re legally allowed to consume if you’re driving.
The reports are also joined by stories explaining how drinking for two days in a row can have a detrimental effect on your health. Exceeding the advised unit intake for two consecutive days can significantly increase the risk of developing the aforementioned illnesses.
As politicians have described the alcohol consumption problem in the UK as an epidemic, there are sure to be more than a few changes on the way to tackle this ongoing problem.