Should alcohol come with calorie information displayed?

The Royal Society for Public Health believes so.

It wants bottles of wine, beer and spirits to have the amount of calories they contain displayed on the label in order to tackle obesity.

A unit of alcohol contains 56 calories but many drinks contain high levels of sugar.

A lack of awareness of the calorie content of alcohol, and the fact that alcohol contains almost as many calories as pure fat, can inadvertently hamper people’s efforts to lose weight and stay in shape.

  • Elaine Hindal, chief executive at alcohol education charity Drinkaware

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