The Right to be Informed

On March 15, 1962, President John F.Kennedy presented a speech to the United States Congress in which he extolled four basic consumer rights, later called the Consumer Bill of Rights. The United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection expanded these into eight rights and thereafter Consumers International adopted these as a charter and started recognising March 15 as World Consumer Rights Day.

The second of the 4 basic rights is the right to be informed. The right states that businesses should always provide consumers with enough appropriate information to make intelligent and informed product choices. Product information should always be complete and truthful.

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So the consumer has a right to know.

Most businesses comply with the Guidelines responsibly, particularly in the food and drink category, which is fundamental to health and well-being. If you buy a pack of yogurt or a bottle of water there will be analysis of the nutritional information on the label. There is one exception.

Advertising and marketing communications for alcohol products does not mention alcohol or give any information directly to the consumer, either in advertising or on pack. For a toxic drug like alcohol the only reference on the bottle or can is “alc. 4.5% by vol.” in the case of beer. The word “alcohol” is not mentioned in advertising. Instead you will see ” Drink …….sensibly, visit drinkaware.ie, or .co.uk” So the consumer has to go to another source to get essential  information on alcohol.

It is hard to reconcile this situation of providing the consumer with little or no information on alcohol, with the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection.

7 REASONS TO GIVE UP ALCOHOL FOR A MONTH AND EMBRACE BEING SOBER

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Why should you go sober for a whole month?

Lose weight

Empty calories are defined as those that provide energy without nutritional value – something that alcohol has in spades. A large (250ml) glass of wine contains an average 170 calories per serving. Drinking one of those a day (which is well within the recommended safe drinking levels for women) adds up to a whopping 61,880 extra calories a year. So that a single glass of wine could cost you an extra 18lbs of weight in one year alone.

Avoid alcohol dependence

Does it worry you that you can’t watch TV without a glass of wine, see your friends without a gin or enjoy a burger without a beer?

We’re not saying you are on the highway to alcoholism, but taking a break is  a good way to stop both physical and psychological dependence on alcohol.

To improve your skin

Alcohol wreaks havoc with a carefully maintained youthful glow. But just five days off the pop could see a huge improvement.

It dehydrates the skin and slows down circulation, leaving the complexions looking dull and dry. Not only is booze a nutritional black hole, but it depletes the body of vital minerals that contribute to healthy skin.

Long term drinking can lead to broken capillaries and aggravate or cause eczema or psoriasis, while sluggish liver and kidney function emphasises bags under the eyes.

Lower your tolerance

The more you drink, the higher the tolerance to alcohol becomes. According to Drinkaware.co.uk, your liver builds up an enzyme to metabolise alcohol, and the more you drink, the more of this enzyme you have.

This means you will have to drink more to get the same effects which is obviously bad for your body. Taking a break will allow those enzymes to deplete.  Good for your liver and your wallet.

Save money

It’s not all about your liver you know. December is an expensive month, and giving up booze will do wonders for readdressing the balance of your wallet. Just think how cheap a meal out is without two bottles of 20 pounds wine?

Improve your memory

Alcohol can damage your brain cells by effecting the ends of neurons. This can lead to memory loss, affect brain function and there is growing research that regular drinking can increase your chances of getting dementia.

Reduce your risk of cancer

There’s no denying the link between drinking and cancer. In fact alcohol causes around 4% of cancer cases in the Uk every year – that’s about 12,500 cases.  So giving your body a break can be no bad thing for your organs