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WARNING ON BOOZE.

Byline: GARY JONES

HEALTH warnings will be put on all alcoholic drinks this year in a crackdown on binge boozing culture.

Drinkers will find shocking messages on bottles in a move which mimics anti-smoking campaigns.

Facts about binge boozing will be printed on labels along with the number of alcohol units to show the strength of drinks.

The drive will be announced next month in the Government's alcohol harm reduction strategy.

Public Health Minister Melanie Johnson will outline a campaign costing hundreds of millions of pounds.

It will aim to educate on the dangers of binge drinking, boost health services and treatment and provide more police and community safety resources.

The price and supply of booze at late night drinking clubs will be restricted.

Pubs and clubs failing to curb drunkenness and bad behaviour could be shut.

The drinks industry has already promised to end "happy hour" boozing. A health official said: "There has been an upsurge in drink-related violence. We cannot continue with the scale of anti-social behaviour witnessed on high streets every weekend."

A spokesman for Alcohol Concern said: "Because we are more affluent there has been a large rise in binge drinking. Warning labels will have a small part to play but better education is the key."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2004
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