- Alcoholic beverages should carry warning labels to alert consumers to the link between alcohol and cancer, consumer groups say.
- Less than half of American adults are aware of the association's cancer researchers' awareness of a "crisis" in cancer prevention.
- The push comes at a time when alcohol consumption is falling worldwide, partly due to wellness trends.
Consumer and health authorities are calling on federal regulators to add new alcohol warning signs to indicate that this is possible causing cancer.
"Government Warning: According to the Surgeon General, the consumption of alcoholic beverages can cause cancer, including breast and colon cancer," is the proposed new language.
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) wants to sensitize the public to the little-known link between alcohol and cancer. On Wednesday, she and more than a dozen other stakeholders sent a letter to the US Treasury and Tobacco Tax and Trade Department urging them to launch the new label.
According to a survey by the American Institute for Cancer Research, less than half of American adults are aware of the linkage that constitutes a "crisis" in cancer prevention awareness.
"The separation between the effects of alcohol on cancer and awareness of these effects should set alarm bells," said Thomas Gremillion, director of food policy at CFA. "The industry has managed to reinforce alcohol, and the government has a responsibility to provide consumers with the scientific information they need to make informed decisions about alcohol, just like tobacco."
General Surgeon's Report
The groups behind the plea highlighted the surgeon's 201
"One drink a day can increase the risk of breast cancer," the report said.
While some studies indicate that moderate drinking brings with it health benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that it is impossible to establish a definitive link between alcohol consumption and improving health outcomes. About 90,000 Americans a year suffer from cancers associated with alcohol consumption.
The 1988 Alcoholic Drink Code stipulates that the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes and Trafficking consults general surgeons to update the required warnings if "scientific evidence" information is in the process of amendment, addition or deletion justify the explanation.
Health groups, including the American Institute for Cancer Research, the American Public Health Association and the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, insist that existing labels be modernized.
Some in the beverage industry are pushing against what they call "unjustified" and even denying the link between alcohol and cancer.
The claim "is in conflict with mountains of previous research conducted over decades and one or two drinks Jackson Shedelbower, spokesman for American Beverage Institute said,
He added: "Recently published studies conclude that they are associated with modest health benefits each day, with modest health benefits, especially with lower risk of cardiovascular disease." that it is often not possible to confuse variables or the data Misleading while pregnant women risk birth defects and alcohol interferes with their ability to drive or use machines. They cite research on tobacco warning labels, which show that rotating the messages more effectively attracts consumers' attention.
Scare or inform?
Jackson said that these types of cancer warnings "scare rather than inform".
Studies on similar measures in other countries show that alcohol consumption is influenced by government advice. Alcohol consumption in Australia fell from 10.6 liters in 2009 to 9.7 liters per person per year, after the government advised consumers to reduce alcohol use, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A separate study on the effects of cancer warnings shows that they "produced favorable changes in alcohol use intentions, including those at risk."
A recent analysis shows that worldwide alcohol consumption fell by 1.6 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. Nielsen data also show that alcohol growth is slowing partly due to the increasing popularity of wellness trends.