A British public-health doctor has called for the mandatory listing of kilojoule counts on the labels of alcoholic beverages. Fiona Sim, chairwoman of the Royal Society for Public Health in Britain says booze is a great contributor to obesity and most people have no idea how much energy they’re consuming with their preferred tipple.
“Most women, for example, do not realise that two large glasses of wine, containing 370 calories, compose almost a fifth of their daily recommended energy intake, as well as containing more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol,” she says in the British Medical Journal.
Research by the British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s found that 85 per cent of its customers had no idea about the energy load of alcohol and 63 per cent did not include wine when adding up their calorie intake for the day.
In response, the supermarket added calorie counts for 125ml glasses to the labels of it’s own-brand wines. Two-thirds of adults— 67% of men and 57% of women — in the United Kingdom are overweight or obese.
In Australia, wine labels are required to list alcohol content, allergens and the number of standard drinks. It is also recommended winemakers include a voluntary pregnancy warning.