The OIV held a meeting with the WHO today in Geneva to discuss the role of wine in alcohol policies and to differentiate it from other industrial beverages or tobacco products in their risk of alcohol abuse.

In December 2021, the BECA- the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Beating Cancer -approved its report which stated that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

Now, the European Parliament will vote on 14th of February the adoption of the report that could recommend to include “health warning labels”. Therefore, wine could be considered as a potential carcinogenic beverage along with other alcohol beverages and as we see today with tobacco.

However, the OIV has always encouraged responsible drinking and has published many works on the research into the effects of moderate wine consumption on health

 Therefore, and given the common objectives with the World Health Organisation in promoting a healthy way of life, cooperation must be crucial between both Organisations and we need to foster a full transparent space for participation.

Source: OIV

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