Australia's top doctors have called for warning labels to be put on wine bottles throughout the country.

The Australian Medical Association said warnings about the health risks of excessive alcohol consumption were needed to tackle the problem of binge drinking.

Drinkers in the US have lived with a similar warning scheme in the US for 20 years, while the UK government plans to issue proposals on introducing labels in that country.

Foster's Group, Australia's second-largest wine producer, said it supported any moves to promote responsible drinking but warned that the wording on any warning label needed to be carefully constructed to work effectively.

"(A warning) has to show it has the effect that was intended, rather than just add to the complexity on labels," a Foster's spokesman said.