Warning Labels on Booze a Contentious Issue

on 26/10/10 at 12:30 pm


Brussels is a battlefield of rule-making; there are always a thousand small skirmishes taking place off-camera, many with an impact on your future and the bottom lines of big companies.

Take alcohol. The European Union is due to revise its strategy on alcohol-related harm in 2012, setting up a fight between the beer, wine and spirits industry and those seeking policies that crack down on drunken driving, addiction, and binge and underage drinking.

They are led by Eurocare, an activist group fighting for tougher policies on alcohol abuse. Eurocare wants ingredients and health warnings printed on beer, wine and spirits, as well as bans on alcohol companies sponsoring events like soccer games.

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