Bill proposes health warnings for alcoholic beverages

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A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill proposing health warnings on the packaging of alcoholic beverages and in restaurant menus offering such drinks.

Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino B. Biazon filed House Bill 4059 which will require health warnings on such products, as well as menus printed by establishments offering such beverages.

Mr. Biazon was also one of the authors of the Tobacco Regulation Act in the 12th Congress which provided that health warnings must be put to packaging of tobacco products.

“Alcohol is also addicting, with alcoholism plaguing society in the same way as narcotics addiction. Both are (forms of) substance abuse which lead to disease and mental health problems,” he said.

He added, “But unlike cigarettes which have an effect mainly on the user and to those in close proximity, alcohol can cause harm or even death to others because of its effect on the person consuming the substance.”

The bill also requires establishments that offer alcoholic beverages to include health warnings where they appear on the menu.

Violations face a potential fine of P1 million on the first offense, P2 million for the second offense, and P3 million and revocation of license on the third offense. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras