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Ireland To Become First Country In The World To Have Health Labelling On Alcohol Products

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The law will take effect from 22 May 2026.

Ireland is becoming the first country in the world to have health labelling on alcohol products.

The Health Minister has signed the new measure into law, which will take effect in 3 years time. The law will apply from 22 May 2026.

The Labelling Regulations introduce comprehensive health labelling of alcohol products sold in Ireland and provide that similar health information will be available for customers in licensed premises. 

The law provides that the labels of alcohol products will state the calorie content and grams of alcohol in the product.

They will warn about the risk of consuming alcohol when pregnant and will also warn of the risk of liver disease and fatal cancers from alcohol consumption.

The labels will direct the consumer to the HSE website, for further information.

Minister Donnelly said: “This law is designed to give all of us as consumers a better understanding of the alcohol content and health risks associated with consuming alcohol. With that information, we can make an informed decision about our own alcohol consumption. 

“Packaging of other food and drink products already contains health information and, where appropriate, health warnings. This law is bringing alcohol products into line with that.”

Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Hildegarde Naughton T.D., added: “Everyone has a right to be told about the risks associated with a product before we consume it. This law is designed to ensure all consumers of alcohol have access to clear and concise information about the risks from alcohol. 

“The medical evidence is clear that a cancer risk applies even at lower levels of alcohol consumption.”

“I welcome that we are the first country in the world to take this step and introduce comprehensive health labelling of alcohol products. I look forward to other countries following our example," he added.

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