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Alcohol & Health

WFA believes wine should be enjoyed in moderation and that wine companies must encourage and promote responsible consumption. However, we strongly reject increasingly strident rhetoric from interest groups seeking to deny wine’s legitimate and accepted place in modern society.

Health Labelling
As awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) rises, there are louder calls for a Mandatory Health Labelling system in Australia.  There is strong support from most States & Territory Governments, for a change in policy from the current voluntary system to a Mandatory Health Labelling system.  Winemakers will go from having the ability to choose the size, type & location of the warning label, to a stricter, regulated system resulting in additional costs, barriers to trade and added regulatory burdens.

WFA will continue to advocate for alternate solutions to mandatory health labelling to prevent additional costs and red tape to Australian wine businesses.

WFA is working closely with Drinkwise to advocate for a targeted approach for health messaging around FASD, using a suite of initiatives, including labelling on alcohol packaging.

Download Drinkwise Pregnancy Warning Labels

National Alcohol Strategy

WFA strongly supports the overall aim of the Draft NAS, focussing on reducing harmful consumption.  But WFA disagrees with some of the suggested actions to achieve that aim.  In particular, those that rely on population-wide measures e.g. taxation, rather than evidence-driven and targeted solutions.  See our NAS Submission outlining our position on the Draft NAS.

WFA continues to advocate for, and encourages the responsible consumption of alcohol, while preventing increased restrictions and regulations on the sale of Australian wine products. 

Responsible Winery Initiative

A comprehensive Responsible Winery Initiative includes actions wineries should take to ensure their marketing, packaging and cellar door operations meet community and government expectations. It incorporates a specific Pregnancy Labelling Initiative.

Other Resources

The wine industry also:

  • helps fund the operations of DrinkWise Australia, which runs national information and education campaigns designed to change Australia’s drinking culture
  • helps fund and manage the Alcohol Beverage Advertising Code (ABAC) which, with Government support, provides advertising guidelines and a pre-vetting service to industry and adjudicates on public complaints about alcohol advertising
  • runs the National Wine Foundation, which funds projects that address social problems which can lead to alcohol abuse.