Doctors believe by having the calorie content listed on alcoholic beverages, the nation’s obesity crisis could be curbed. A large glass of wine can contain 200 calories; this is equivalent to a doughnut, something a lot of people are unaware of.
Jane Ellison, the Public Health Minister said that ‘great strides’ have been made when it comes to labelling food, and that the government will certainly look into this issue. The drinks industry have also commented saying that they are open to the notion of calorie labels, however point out that labelling units of alcohol remained their priority.
Currently alcohol is exempt from EU labelling laws, but the European Commission is considering whether or not alcohol should also carry this information.
Research carried out by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that this measure would be popular with the British public. Shirley Cramer, chief executive at the RSPH said that the statistics...