Lancashire council bosses in call for alcohol warning labels

Lancashire council bosses in call for alcohol warning labels

Lancashire council bosses in call for alcohol warning labels

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

COUNCIL bosses have backed calls to introduce health warnings on alcoholic drinks - and even want a minimum price on booze.

The proposal for warn-ings about the harmful effects of drinking was made by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse which also wants political parties to commit to 10 recommendations to minimise alcohol-related problems in the UK, including slashing the drink-drive limit.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We would welcome any move that helps to educate people about the effects of excessive drinking. We don't want a nanny state, but we do want to help people understand the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

“We already have prominent health warnings on tobacco products and nutritional information on food and soft drinks.

“Sadly, many people don't realise the risks of drinking too much, and the negative and harmful impact that excessive alcohol use can have not just on themselves, but on their families and local communities.”

East Lancashire has some of the highest levels of alcohol abuse in England, as well as associated health prob-lems such as heart and liver disease.

Coun Brian Taylor, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “I welcome any initiative that mitigates against the harm done by excessive drinking, however the government is ignoring one of the most effective tools - Minimum Unit Price.

"This has been proven to work elsewhere as it targets very effectively and selectively abusive drinking whilst having hardly any effect on responsible drinkers.

"The resources we need to tackle problem drinking are massive. I think we should be using every tool at our disposal to reduce these fiscal costs as well as social costs to people.”

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5:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

AlexanderB90 says...

Aren't we told time and time again by the papers though that certain drinks in moderation are actually GOOD for your health? Like wine? This is going to be confusing
Aren't we told time and time again by the papers though that certain drinks in moderation are actually GOOD for your health? Like wine? This is going to be confusing AlexanderB90
  • Score: 13

5:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Just because some unwashed gutter rats can't handle their beer .
Why should I be penalized by paying more for alcohol, I am responsible.
Just because some unwashed gutter rats can't handle their beer . Why should I be penalized by paying more for alcohol, I am responsible. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 6

5:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

A minimum price on alcohol is WRONG as it merely punishes the sensible majority who don't go to excess on their drinks and act stupid;if the councils want to be realistic then they should about tackling the youngsters and premises that sell to underage and the youngsters parents than just going all out on everybody with this unfair widesweeping action.
A minimum price on alcohol is WRONG as it merely punishes the sensible majority who don't go to excess on their drinks and act stupid;if the councils want to be realistic then they should about tackling the youngsters and premises that sell to underage and the youngsters parents than just going all out on everybody with this unfair widesweeping action. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 13

5:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Ex-Darrener says...

There already are warning signs on alcohol labels - it is called the ABV level. But have you tried getting a bottle of wine with a level of 11 per cent or below lately? It is practically impossible. A few years ago they were common and 14 per cent or more was rare. Now it is the other way round and that adds up to our alcohol levels being increased by stealth. I don't want to drink wine higher than 11 per cent, at least in the working week, for reasons of health and with an eye on my limit for driving the morning after, but how many customers actually read those levels when buying a bottle?
There already are warning signs on alcohol labels - it is called the ABV level. But have you tried getting a bottle of wine with a level of 11 per cent or below lately? It is practically impossible. A few years ago they were common and 14 per cent or more was rare. Now it is the other way round and that adds up to our alcohol levels being increased by stealth. I don't want to drink wine higher than 11 per cent, at least in the working week, for reasons of health and with an eye on my limit for driving the morning after, but how many customers actually read those levels when buying a bottle? Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

darwenTower says...

Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine.

Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense?

Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses?

They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.
Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine. Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense? Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses? They'll be banning drinking in pubs next. darwenTower
  • Score: 9

5:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

wish the council would put there own house in order before trying to put mine in!
wish the council would put there own house in order before trying to put mine in! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 9

6:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I have an idea, increase own bought booze by all means, but only on the understanding that the tax is lowered on pub bought booze at the exact same level.

Back in the day when you had too much a busty barmaid phoned for a taxi and off you popped home. Now with increased pub prices people are stopping at home more and don't have that extra safety net.

I'm guilty of it myself, I only used to drink on a Friday and Saturday down the local but since moving to my own cans on my own sofa I just keep a constant supply in, and I find myself cracking a few open after a hard Monday or having a couple with a curry on a Thursday. Back when I could afford pubs I had no need to keep beer in the house.
I have an idea, increase own bought booze by all means, but only on the understanding that the tax is lowered on pub bought booze at the exact same level. Back in the day when you had too much a busty barmaid phoned for a taxi and off you popped home. Now with increased pub prices people are stopping at home more and don't have that extra safety net. I'm guilty of it myself, I only used to drink on a Friday and Saturday down the local but since moving to my own cans on my own sofa I just keep a constant supply in, and I find myself cracking a few open after a hard Monday or having a couple with a curry on a Thursday. Back when I could afford pubs I had no need to keep beer in the house. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 8

8:26pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Just because some unwashed gutter rats can't handle their beer .
Why should I be penalized by paying more for alcohol, I am responsible.
Of course you are, responsible that is - a fine, upstanding example to the rest of humanity.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Just because some unwashed gutter rats can't handle their beer . Why should I be penalized by paying more for alcohol, I am responsible.[/p][/quote]Of course you are, responsible that is - a fine, upstanding example to the rest of humanity. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 5

8:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Eric Shawn says...

Might County Councillor Azhar Ali, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing be representitive of all in his ward / constituency... you get the idea ?
Might County Councillor Azhar Ali, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing be representitive of all in his ward / constituency... you get the idea ? Eric Shawn
  • Score: 6

8:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Darreners make sense says...

Let's keep hiking the prices and keep putting people out of a job. Pubs are already closing at around 30 a week because of over taxing so no one wants to pay crazy prices already. Why make it worse. A great British tradition in rapid decline. I'm sure tourism will follow. After all when you talk to visitors they always mention the great pubs we have.
Let's keep hiking the prices and keep putting people out of a job. Pubs are already closing at around 30 a week because of over taxing so no one wants to pay crazy prices already. Why make it worse. A great British tradition in rapid decline. I'm sure tourism will follow. After all when you talk to visitors they always mention the great pubs we have. Darreners make sense
  • Score: 5

9:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Eric Shawn says...

Darreners make sense wrote:
Let's keep hiking the prices and keep putting people out of a job. Pubs are already closing at around 30 a week because of over taxing so no one wants to pay crazy prices already. Why make it worse. A great British tradition in rapid decline. I'm sure tourism will follow. After all when you talk to visitors they always mention the great pubs we have.
Had !
[quote][p][bold]Darreners make sense[/bold] wrote: Let's keep hiking the prices and keep putting people out of a job. Pubs are already closing at around 30 a week because of over taxing so no one wants to pay crazy prices already. Why make it worse. A great British tradition in rapid decline. I'm sure tourism will follow. After all when you talk to visitors they always mention the great pubs we have.[/p][/quote]Had ! Eric Shawn
  • Score: 4

9:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Ex-Darrener says...

darwenTower wrote:
Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine.

Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense?

Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses?

They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.
My point wasn't about my intake but that ABV levels going up as they have recently is quietly encouraging people who don't read labels to drink greater amounts of alcohol without them realising it. I have long thought it a point the authorities need to address but the levels keep going up.
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine. Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense? Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses? They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.[/p][/quote]My point wasn't about my intake but that ABV levels going up as they have recently is quietly encouraging people who don't read labels to drink greater amounts of alcohol without them realising it. I have long thought it a point the authorities need to address but the levels keep going up. Ex-Darrener
  • Score: 1

11:07pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Ex-Darrener wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine.

Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense?

Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses?

They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.
My point wasn't about my intake but that ABV levels going up as they have recently is quietly encouraging people who don't read labels to drink greater amounts of alcohol without them realising it. I have long thought it a point the authorities need to address but the levels keep going up.
You are spot on with this. Also, the UK has on of the highest LEGAL drink-drive limits, and various attempts to lower it by successive governments have been scuppered by the drinks and entertainments industries threatening to withdraw funding and other support for the major political parties.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-Darrener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine. Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense? Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses? They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.[/p][/quote]My point wasn't about my intake but that ABV levels going up as they have recently is quietly encouraging people who don't read labels to drink greater amounts of alcohol without them realising it. I have long thought it a point the authorities need to address but the levels keep going up.[/p][/quote]You are spot on with this. Also, the UK has on of the highest LEGAL drink-drive limits, and various attempts to lower it by successive governments have been scuppered by the drinks and entertainments industries threatening to withdraw funding and other support for the major political parties. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Ex-Darrener wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine.

Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense?

Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses?

They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.
My point wasn't about my intake but that ABV levels going up as they have recently is quietly encouraging people who don't read labels to drink greater amounts of alcohol without them realising it. I have long thought it a point the authorities need to address but the levels keep going up.
You are spot on with this. Also, the UK has on of the highest LEGAL drink-drive limits, and various attempts to lower it by successive governments have been scuppered by the drinks and entertainments industries threatening to withdraw funding and other support for the major political parties.
Another point is the size of wine glasses. When the breathalyser came in, in the 60s, the standard wine measure, equivalent to "one unit, was 125ml. Nowadays, it is often 175ml, and the smaller size is becoming incrsesingly rare.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-Darrener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: Ex-Darrener- Just drink less wine. Seriously though, to cut down on crime and A&E admissions there will be warnings on bottles? Because the crims and the pi$$heads are open to common sense? Are they going to put warnings on pint glasses? They'll be banning drinking in pubs next.[/p][/quote]My point wasn't about my intake but that ABV levels going up as they have recently is quietly encouraging people who don't read labels to drink greater amounts of alcohol without them realising it. I have long thought it a point the authorities need to address but the levels keep going up.[/p][/quote]You are spot on with this. Also, the UK has on of the highest LEGAL drink-drive limits, and various attempts to lower it by successive governments have been scuppered by the drinks and entertainments industries threatening to withdraw funding and other support for the major political parties.[/p][/quote]Another point is the size of wine glasses. When the breathalyser came in, in the 60s, the standard wine measure, equivalent to "one unit, was 125ml. Nowadays, it is often 175ml, and the smaller size is becoming incrsesingly rare. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 2

11:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Just because some unwashed gutter rats can't handle their beer .
Why should I be penalized by paying more for alcohol, I am responsible.
You already crawl through the cupboard under your kitchen sink to guzzle a mixture of toilet duck and brasso when your giro struggles to cover your frosty jack requirements.

And by the way, thats no way to talk about your mum.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Just because some unwashed gutter rats can't handle their beer . Why should I be penalized by paying more for alcohol, I am responsible.[/p][/quote]You already crawl through the cupboard under your kitchen sink to guzzle a mixture of toilet duck and brasso when your giro struggles to cover your frosty jack requirements. And by the way, thats no way to talk about your mum. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 5

1:08am Wed 13 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Eric Shawn wrote:
Might County Councillor Azhar Ali, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing be representitive of all in his ward / constituency... you get the idea ?
Azhar Ali wants to keep his nose out and concentrate nearer home on all the child grooming and drug dealing.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Shawn[/bold] wrote: Might County Councillor Azhar Ali, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing be representitive of all in his ward / constituency... you get the idea ?[/p][/quote]Azhar Ali wants to keep his nose out and concentrate nearer home on all the child grooming and drug dealing. the beaver
  • Score: 4

7:33am Wed 13 Aug 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

What Brian Taylor and his health nannies in the council neglect to tell us, is that alcohol consumption has been dropping steadily for twenty years, with the biggest drops being among young people.

Figures recently released by the government, but not very widely reported, reveal that drinking amongst young people has just fallen to the lowest level since records began, as has drink driving.

Minimum unit pricing and health warnings are not about targeting the minority of problem drinkers, they are about denormalising alcohol consumption for everyone.

Think about when you find yourself sitting in a restaurant sharing a romantic meal with the Mrs and the bottle of wine has a picture of a diseased liver covering 80% of the label. along with warnings about alcohol causing various types of cancer.

We were told that the tobacco control template was not a slippery slope and would not be used on other products. Tobacco was supposed to be unique. Just as we are about to get 'plain' packs for tobacco, covered in graphic images of people dying, 'for the children', now we want the first warning labels on booze.

The puritans don't give up. They won't say job done after this latest proposal. It will be plain packaging for alcohol eventually, followed close behind by processed foods.

This isn't about helping the vulnerable, it isn't about cost and it isn't about the children. It's about making everyone give up anything the public health industry do not approve of.

If they get their way, eventually, when you sit at that restaurant table with your Mrs, or when you buy frozen lasagne at TESCO, you will be perceived as just as much an irresponsible social pariah as smokers are at present.

It's coming if we let Brian Taylor and his ilk get away with these policies.
What Brian Taylor and his health nannies in the council neglect to tell us, is that alcohol consumption has been dropping steadily for twenty years, with the biggest drops being among young people. Figures recently released by the government, but not very widely reported, reveal that drinking amongst young people has just fallen to the lowest level since records began, as has drink driving. Minimum unit pricing and health warnings are not about targeting the minority of problem drinkers, they are about denormalising alcohol consumption for everyone. Think about when you find yourself sitting in a restaurant sharing a romantic meal with the Mrs and the bottle of wine has a picture of a diseased liver covering 80% of the label. along with warnings about alcohol causing various types of cancer. We were told that the tobacco control template was not a slippery slope and would not be used on other products. Tobacco was supposed to be unique. Just as we are about to get 'plain' packs for tobacco, covered in graphic images of people dying, 'for the children', now we want the first warning labels on booze. The puritans don't give up. They won't say job done after this latest proposal. It will be plain packaging for alcohol eventually, followed close behind by processed foods. This isn't about helping the vulnerable, it isn't about cost and it isn't about the children. It's about making everyone give up anything the public health industry do not approve of. If they get their way, eventually, when you sit at that restaurant table with your Mrs, or when you buy frozen lasagne at TESCO, you will be perceived as just as much an irresponsible social pariah as smokers are at present. It's coming if we let Brian Taylor and his ilk get away with these policies. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Wed 13 Aug 14

vicn1956 says...

hey look Fred.Look. Thish laaabel says aa-aalc-aaallcoholl ish daangeroos hic!
Annd they are putting up Hic! the price by 50p. FIFTY p
That's going to hic puut a shtop to my drinking I say drinking waysh hic!
hey look Fred.Look. Thish laaabel says aa-aalc-aaallcoholl ish daangeroos hic! Annd they are putting up Hic! the price by 50p. FIFTY p That's going to hic puut a shtop to my drinking I say drinking waysh hic! vicn1956
  • Score: 0

12:06am Thu 14 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

The louts who drink to excess and go stupid violent and crazy on alcohol ending up in trouble should be tackled along with underage drinkers and retailers flogging it deliberately to underage kids along with parents plying it to their kids SHOULD be dealt with rather than targeting EVERYBODY with a minimum price which penalises the sensible who DON'T drink to excess and DON'T go stupid and crazy on alcohol at all;why should the sensible majority suffer at the hands of young imbeciles who CAN'T handle their drink properly through minimum pricing on all alcoholic drinks on the mere say-so of a local authority?
The louts who drink to excess and go stupid violent and crazy on alcohol ending up in trouble should be tackled along with underage drinkers and retailers flogging it deliberately to underage kids along with parents plying it to their kids SHOULD be dealt with rather than targeting EVERYBODY with a minimum price which penalises the sensible who DON'T drink to excess and DON'T go stupid and crazy on alcohol at all;why should the sensible majority suffer at the hands of young imbeciles who CAN'T handle their drink properly through minimum pricing on all alcoholic drinks on the mere say-so of a local authority? AnthonyUK
  • Score: 1

9:35am Sun 17 Aug 14

Stop talking rubbish says...

I wouldn't be bothered but the main person pushing this is a Muslim? That's like me pushing for clear labels on halal meat on how it was killed. I have zero rights to push for anything that has little to do with me.

“Sadly, many people don't realise the risks of drinking too much, and the negative and harmful impact that excessive alcohol use can have not just on themselves, but on their families and local communities.”

uuuur yes we do. Have you ever nursed a hangover or watched a member of your family causing mayhem while steaming? i doubt it. the British public has for years! Your ignorance is not ours. Get back in your box Mr Ali and do something useful!
I wouldn't be bothered but the main person pushing this is a Muslim? That's like me pushing for clear labels on halal meat on how it was killed. I have zero rights to push for anything that has little to do with me. “Sadly, many people don't realise the risks of drinking too much, and the negative and harmful impact that excessive alcohol use can have not just on themselves, but on their families and local communities.” uuuur yes we do. Have you ever nursed a hangover or watched a member of your family causing mayhem while steaming? i doubt it. the British public has for years! Your ignorance is not ours. Get back in your box Mr Ali and do something useful! Stop talking rubbish
  • Score: 1

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