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Health warnings on labels set for Irish alcohol bottles

Published:  04 October, 2018

Ireland is set to introduce health warning labels on alcohol as well as minimum pricing following the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill being passed by part of its Irish parliament (Dáil).

It is almost three years since its upper house the Seanad introduced the legislation in order to tackle the issue of problem drinking.

The Bill also introduces minimum unit pricing, restrictions on advertising, health warnings on labels, regulation of advertising and sponsorship of alcohol products. It will also implement what it calls the “structural separation of alcohol products in mixed trading outlets”.

Minister for health Simon Harris described the Bill as a "groundbreaking measure" because it is the first time in Ireland’s history that it has used public health legislation to address issues surrounding alcohol.

Protecting children from alcohol was also one of the issues discussed.

Quoted in the Irish Times, Harris said: "What I am proposing in this Bill is that we make a start in the provisions that we have outlined that protect children in sport, we are proposing that we would then with the built-in review to this legislation within three years of commencement that we would then return and that sports sponsorship could be looked at as part of that review."

The Bill will return to the Seanad for final consideration.