Alcohol Use Disorders (69) Do people understand the harms of alcohol? (16) How can they be better informed? (9)

19 February, 2024

In 2016, the chair of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance Sir Ian Gilmore said the UK Government should do two things:

1. The government should develop mass media campaigns outlining the risks. These could include TV and radio advertisements, social media campaigns, and messages on public transport.

2. The government should introduce mandatory labelling of all alcoholic products, containing clear and legible health information about the harms associated with drinking.

Are these the two most important things that governments should do in terms of meeting the information needs of the general public? Has the UK Government taken action since 2016?

What are other governments doing (or not doing) in terms of mass media campaigns and mandatory labelling?

Best wishes, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: