Statement on the Concept of Equivalence of Alcoholic Beverages in Alcohol Policy & Regulation
The effects of alcohol consumption depend on the drinking pattern, not on the strength (ABV) or type of an alcoholic drink.
spiritsEUROPE believes that the most effective way to regulate all categories of alcoholic beverages to promote moderate drinking and tackle alcohol misuse, is in a fair and non-discriminatory manner, because alcohol content of a standard drink of beer, wine or distilled spirits has the same impact on the human body. Differentiation based on the type of beverage or their strength distorts consumer choice, the Single Market and public health outcomes.
The principle of equivalence as the basis for alcohol regulation is borne out of the following considerations:
We are calling on governments to: