Long Beach : Liquor Warnings Ordered

An ordinance requiring all businesses that sell liquor to post signs warning that consumption of alcohol, beer or wine by pregnant women can cause birth defects was given initial approval Tuesday by the Long Beach City Council.

The council instructed city staff to draw up final wording of an ordinance that would require liquor stores and restaurants to post the signs as part of a growing national effort to inform people about fetal alcohol syndrome, the second leading cause of birth defects.

Similar ordinances have been approved by the city and county of Los Angeles, following the release of several studies showing that as few as two drinks or two beers consumed in a week by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects.

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