Australian Liquor Industry Puts Warning Labels on Bottles

By:  Bruce Walker
07/13/2011
       
Australian Liquor Industry Puts Warning Labels on Bottles

The Australian liquor industry, under an ostensibly voluntary arrangement, has annouced that it will carry health warnings on its bottles such as, “Drinking can harm yourself and others.”

Of course, many recall that warning labels told Americans 40 years ago that cigarettes (commonly known decades before as “cancer sticks”) could be hazardous to their health. Can the need for all these warnings be attributed to a growing number of people's ignorance of the Bible or of Greek civilization? Thousands of years ago, Greeks urged “moderation in all things” and the philosopher Epicurus — incorrectly attributed with advising riotous living — encouraged people to live quiet and peaceful lives, eating good foods and avoiding hangovers.

The Australian liquor industry, under an ostensibly voluntary arrangement, has annouced that it will carry health warnings on its bottles such as, “Drinking can harm yourself and others.”

Of course, many recall that warning labels told Americans 40 years ago that cigarettes (commonly known decades before as “cancer sticks”) could be hazardous to their health. Can the need for all these warnings be attributed to a growing number of people's ignorance of the Bible or of Greek civilization? Thousands of years ago, Greeks urged “moderation in all things” and the philosopher Epicurus — incorrectly attributed with advising riotous living — encouraged people to live quiet and peaceful lives, eating good foods and avoiding hangovers.

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