Turkey Mandates Alcohol Warnings on Labels for Bottles
The Turkish government recently introduced labels for bottles warning consumers of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption. According to local newspaper Hüriyett Daily News, companies have 10 months to comply with the requirement to place these labels on bottles of alcohol sold in stores.
The warning statement, which was created by Turkey's Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority, includes three graphic messages. The first addresses underage drinking; the legal alcohol consumption age in Turkey is 18. The second warning is against drinking during pregnancy and the third confronts drunk driving. The stickers also feature the wording "Alcohol is not your friend," the newspaper reported.
Labels Reinforce Recent Alcohol Legislation
The labels mandate is part of legislation recently passed by the Turkish government restricting the sales and advertisement of alcohol. The law forbids the sale of alcohol between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The labels will not be permitted to be covered or removed in stores, and they will have to abide by certain font sizing and other design requirements, Hüriyett Daily News reported. The message is printed in black over a white background and is bordered by a red frame.