When we think of the health risks of alcohol, we think of car accidents more than cancer. These two researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have largely stifled efforts by the alcohol industry to educate consumers about the health risks of drinking, arguing that alcohol can be good for health.

“Many people are not aware of all the risks associated with alcohol use,” says Grummon, lead author of the study. One strategy to address these information gaps may be to update mandatory warning labels on alcohol containers. Such warnings are an inexpensive and sustainable public health strategy to inform consumers and encourage healthier behaviors.

For example, more than 150 countries require warning labels on cigarette packs, and this policy has contributed to significant reductions in smoking rates over the past few decades.

Source: Ferra

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