Giesbrecht, N., Wettlaufer, A., Vallance, K. et al. Why Canadians deserve to have mandated health and standard drink information labels on alcohol containers. Can J Public Health (2023). https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-023-00786-1
To reduce deaths, morbidity, and social problems from alcohol in Canada, a multi-dimensional robust response is needed, including a comprehensive alcohol control strategy at the provincial, territorial, and federal levels. Alcohol container labels with health and standard drink information are an essential component of this strategy. This commentary provides a rationale for the mandatory labelling of all alcohol products, summarizes Canadian initiatives to date to legislate alcohol container warning labels, and addresses myths and misconceptions about labels. Canadians deserve direct, accessible information about (1) the inherent health risks associated with alcohol consumption, (2) the number of standard drinks per container and volume of a standard drink, and (3) guidance for preventing or reducing consumption-related health risks. Enhanced health labels on alcohol containers are long overdue.