The Health Service Executive's Alcohol Implementation Group has recommended that clear health-warning labels be placed on all alcohol products sold in Ireland.

In a report published today, the group says any labelling should also detail the ingredients, the calorie content and the grams of alcohol contained in the drink.

Labelling on alcoholic drinks is currently inconsistent and confusing, according to the report.

The group says to help the consumer understand the actual amount of alcohol in each drink the total grams of pure alcohol should be displayed; this would also help doctors more accurately assess patient alcohol intake.

Any health warning should convey the risks inherent in the product, it says.

The report also points out that in 2007 Minister for Health Mary Harney signalled her intention to legislate for a health warning on alcohol products but it has yet to take place.

Since their last study in 2000, the group says there is now an overall trend towards stronger alcoholic beverages in larger container sizes and it recommends that there should be limit on the maximum container size.