Government plans to cigarette-style health warnings on alcoholic drinks compulsory have been criticised by the British Retail Consortium.

BRC food director Andrew Opie said retailers had led the way by voluntarily putting unit labels on own-brand alcoholic drinks.

He blamed manufacturers for not keeping up with the guidelines and said compulsory measures for retailers were not necessary.

“While owners of some of the big name brands have dragged their feet, supermarkets have set the pace and now have unit labels on virtually all their own-brand alcohol,” said Opie.

He added: “What we need now is consistency and the same level of commitment from all parts of the drinks industry.”

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