RCPI welcomes world first health labelling of alcohol products announced by Minister for Health
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland warmly welcomes the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly’s leadership in signing into law the Public Health (Alcohol) (Labelling) Regulations 2023 and the remaining provisions of Section 12 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act.
This is a significant day. Ireland has shown continued leadership in public health, being the first to introduce health labelling of alcohol products sold in Ireland.
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland was a leading campaigner for the Public Health (Alcohol) Act led by former President, Prof Frank Murray, a liver specialist who brought together that community of doctors through the College to examine solutions to prevent harm and improve health in Ireland. RCPI also joined with Alcohol Action Ireland to establish the Alcohol Health Alliance, which included over 60 organisations, that came together to advocate for these measures.
The law, which will apply from 22 May 2026, 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, www.askaboutalcohol.ie, for further information.
We are proud of our part in this campaign and that RCPI continues to be a powerful advocate for public health.