Beer, wine, and spirits will carry age restrictions globally, leading producers announce in new drive against underage drinking

Press Release 28/01/2020

Beer, wine, and spirits will carry age restrictions globally, leading producers announce in new drive against underage drinking 

Symbols or written age restrictions will be added to labels on alcohol drinks produced by members of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), sending an even clearer message that these products are not for minors.

 

The initiative ' which also applies to alcohol free extensions of alcohol brands - is one of five clear and direct actions announced by IARD as part of a new drive to accelerate efforts to reduce underage drinking globally. 

Recognizing the growing importance of digital communications, IARD members committed to take further action to prevent minors from seeing or interacting with their brands online ' building on a groundbreaking partnership with leading digital platforms announced last year.  IARD members also invited online retailers and others to work with them to develop global standards for the online sale and delivery of alcohol. The full set of actions can be found here.

IARD members oppose any consumption of alcohol by minors. They invite retailers to work with them to do more to prevent sales to minors. And they urge parents not to share alcohol with their children as they call on all parts of society to come together to eliminate underage drinking. 

Albert Baladi, President and CEO of Beam Suntory and IARD CEO Chair, said: 'These five actions mark another step towards our goal of eliminating underage drinking. Minors should not drink alcohol, and we proactively support strict enforcement of legal purchase and drinking age regulation. Although underage drinking has fallen in many parts of the world, this trend is not universal. We want to accelerate progress and work with others to eliminate underage drinking in every community through a whole-of-society approach. 

We call on other producers to join us. We call on retailers to work with us to do more to prevent minors from buying alcohol in stories and online. And we call on parents and other adults to support us by not buying alcohol for, or sharing alcohol with, children and minors, even if they do this with good intentions. 

Together, we must ensure everyone reinforces the message that underage drinking is socially unacceptable.'

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