13 Jul 2011

Brewers divided on health warnings

3:54 pm on 13 July 2011

One major New Zealand brewer says it will follow Australia's example by introducing health warnings on the alcohol it sells - but another says it won't.

A voluntary industry awareness group, Drinkwise Australia, says the warnings will appear on 80% of alcohol sold in Australia.

The warnings include messages saying children and alcohol don't mix and it's safer not to drink while pregnant.

Lion Nathan Breweries in New Zealand says it will introduce similar warnings on its products in the next two months.

DB Breweries will not follow suit, however, because it says international research has shown such warnings are ineffective.

National Addiction Centre director Professor Doug Sellman, says that is partly true, and Lion Nathan is trying to pre-empt legislation which would force it to use more strongly worded warnings.