Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Nanny hits the bottle

My friends complain Britain has been turned into a "Nanny state" whose citizens are treated as imbeciles. They are not alone.

France is the first European country to insist wine has to carry a health warning. A new law says bottles must be marked with the silhouette of a pregnant woman holding a glass to her lips over which is superimposed a forbidding black cross. Alternatively, bottles must carry the words: "The consumption of alcoholic drinks during pregnancy, even in small quantities, can seriously damage the health of the child."

Given the verbosity of the latter (at least cigarette manufacturers could get away with: "Smoking Kills") most Gallic vintners have gone for the catchy pictogram, but they are not happy. Granted, they are rarely happy, even after a vat of their own produce, but this has made them especially grumpy. Surely, they say, moderation and intelligence are the key. Now where have we heard this before?

3 comments:

Dumdad said...

Drinking's not much fun in moderation, n'est-ce pas?

laurie said...

ah, we've been doing this over here in the US for years. i don't think it deters anyone!

i always admired the terse "SMOKING KILLS!" we use far more words over here.

the U.S. Surgeon General has determined that cigarette smoking could be hazardous to your health...

or something like that.

i don't think that deters anyone, either. but it keeps the lawyers happy.

Parisgirl said...

I am convinced the best warning on a cigarette packet would be: SMOKING GIVES YOU WRINKLES
In my smoking days pre La Fille, I'd have thought twice about lighting up!