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Alcoholic Drinks: Females

Question for Department of Health

UIN 210267, tabled on 13 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce alcohol consumption by women.

Answered on

20 October 2014

There are women specific lower risk drinking guidelines which recommend that; women should not regularly drink more than two to three units a day.

The Chief Medical Officer is currently overseeing a United Kingdom – wide review of all alcohol guidelines so that both men and women can make informed choices about their drinking at all stages of their lives.

The review will specifically include consideration of health risks for women from alcohol consumption. We expect to be able to consult on new draft guidelines by Summer 2015.

The Government is also committed to improving the labelling of alcoholic drinks, including a warning for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.

As part of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, alcohol retailers and producers have a responsibility to help raise this awareness and committed to putting an agreed warning or a pregnancy warning logo on 80% of labels on bottles and cans by the end of 2013.

An independent market survey has been carried out which we expect to be published shortly. Subject to publication the final report suggests that almost 80% of bottles and cans have this information.