Cans and bottles containing beer and spirits are to carry health warnings in a bid to curb the spread of binge-drinking. By the end of the year 85% of beer containers will carry some sort of warning, as will Smirnoff vodka, Bells whisky and Archer's schnapps. Labels will reveal the number of alcohol units in the product and "nutritional information", as well as urging people to "drink responsibly". The alcohol industry agreed to the warnings after talks with the Department of Health in the hope they will pre-empt legislation to introduce stark cigarette-style warnings. Wine importers will face growing pressure to follow suit. The government and drinks groups say most men can consume three or four units of alcohol a day without risking their health. For men over 40 there is some evidence that one or two units every day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The Sunday Times 28/08/05 page 7