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Opinion: Labels will not end booze culture

PUBLISHED: 14:27 25 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:27 25 June 2019

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen is not convinced health warnings on alcholol would encourage people to stop drinking.

Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen is not convinced health warnings on alcholol would encourage people to stop drinking.

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Would a warning on beer work?

New scientific research found that smoking is linking to the shrinkage of a rather embarrassing area on men. That will mean the warning photos on the side of the boxes will get worse.

Do warning labels work? Is that why you don't smoke, because you don't want to have a collection of ill organ photos like a sick Panini sticker album?

The Labour Party announced plans last week to bring in a similar system for beer. It's hypocritical because the state of politics in the UK might be the reason you drink.

The plan is to put warnings on beer and wine to cut binge drinking. The problem with this is, after a few, you're not good at reading. You're certainly not good at making sensible decisions about your health. I can prove that with a kebab. Would you order a greasy unspecified meat and wet salad meal at 1am if you were sober?

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If the slightly inebriated can't read too well maybe we should make the warning pictures of what could happen if you keep drinking. Whether that would be a picture of a diseased liver or a headshot of someone you'd only find attractive in your beer goggles, I don't know.

The problem is, we already know everything the warning label could tell us and yet we still binge.

The problem isn't a lack of information, it's the other reasons to drink. It's in our culture.

There is one part of the plan that might work. Along with the warning labels they want bottles of alcohol to say how many calories there are in the drink.

It's around 700kcal in a bottle of wine and over 200 for a pint of beer.

That'll make me cut down on that binge. I need the spare calories for that kebab I have planned later.

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