THE wine trade is facing another challenge after a report called for labels on bottles to highlight the risks of alcohol on people’s health.
The report was written for the Health Ministry and calls for action to be taken as it claims that one in ten people suffer from alcoholism.
One of its recommendations is to place warning signs on labels similar to those used on cigarette packages and also to teach children to be aware of the dangers of alcohol.
The report was written by Herve Chabalier, a journalist and former alcoholic, who said: “It's not a question of telling people 'Don't drink', but to inform them about what alcohol really is, a drug.”
His words have annoyed many within the wine trade who are already facing tough competition from New World wines and a feeling that their industry is being targeted.
Lobby groups have said that wine, if drunk in moderation, has beneficial effects and that scare tactics will not work, instead they support education plans in schools and elsewhere.