Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is a state ballot initiative intended to protect California citizens and the state’s drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals. OEHHA is the state agency that identifies and lists chemicals for which a warning is required. Alcohol has been on the Prop 65 list for decades. For alcohol beverages, including, without limitation, beer, malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits, OEHHA requires this warning:
WARNING: Drinking Distilled Spirits, Beer, Coolers, Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverages May Increase Cancer Risk, and, During Pregnancy, Can Cause Birth Defects.