In Australia, alcohol products containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume are bound by law to state the alcoholic strength and approximate number of standard drinks on the label of the product. At present, there is no mandatory requirement for the labels on alcohol products to carry a health warning.
The inclusion of health warnings on alcohol products is supported by a majority of the Australian public (for example, 70% of those surveyed in the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey agreed that information from NHMRC alcohol guidelines should be added to alcohol labels.
1. As well as recommended by leading academics and health organisations. The National Preventative Health Taskforce’s strategy document, Australia: the Healthiest Country by 2020, recommended health advisory information labelling of all alcohol products to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol
2 . The Independent Review of Food Labelling Law and Policy, commissioned by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council in 2009 recommended that generic alcohol warning messages be placed on alcohol labels as part of a multi-faceted campaign highlighting the public health consequences of alcohol consumption. The Independent review also recommended warnings about the risks of consuming alcohol while pregnant be displayed on containers and at point of sale.