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Warning Labels: Alcohol

  • By: Juliann C. Scholl
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Alcohol warning labels are used to provide information to consumers about the risks of drinking alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and spirits. Content of the labels vary according to the countries in which they are sold and consumed, but they generally contain reminders about risks or dangers linked with drinking, such as birth defects, health problems, physical and cognitive impairments, and violence. Some labels also provide unit guidelines, such as what constitutes a single serving of an alcoholic beverage.

In the United States, labeling alcoholic beverages was prompted by the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act, which is part of the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1988. Legislation on this act began in 1978 with passage from the U.S. Senate, but failed to pass the House of Representatives. ...

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