Alcohol Regulation

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Nostalgia may seem nice – but alcohol brands should use with care

By Rachel Arthur

An increasing number of brands are drawing on nostalgia as a marketing tool: but alcohol brands that try to appeal to an adult’s inner child must take care that they do not also inadvertently appeal to children today, warns the Portman Group.

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What - exactly - is ‘alcohol free’?

By Rachel Arthur

In Europe, an ‘alcohol-free’ drink is defined as one under 0.5% ABV. In the UK, however, an ‘alcohol-free’ drink must be 0.05% ABV or below. But the UK’s definition could change, with the government currently consulting on new regulations for low alcohol...

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Canadian spirits exports fall

By Rachel Arthur

The value of Canadian spirits exports declined 5.1% in 2017, although spirits remain by far the largest alcohol export category for the country.

The UK uses units to indicate the amount of alcohol per serve, but this is useless unless put in the context of government drinking guidelines, says the RSPH. Pic:iStock

Call for cigarette-style health warnings on alcohol

By Rachel Arthur

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling for the introduction of new labeling regulations – such as cigarette-style health warnings, drink drive warnings, and calorie content – on alcoholic drinks in the UK.

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