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Would calorific information on alcoholic drinks affect your consumption?

There is about to be a vote in the  European Parliament to determine whether calorie labels should be put on all alcoholic drinks.

It is thought that this information will help inform adults and will impact the rising rates of obesity, since the view is that alcohol in general plays a contributing role in the obesity crisis.

In people who drink regularly, that proportion can be significant: an estimated 10% of their daily calories come from alcohol.

According to recent research, 80% of people are unaware of the calorific values of their favourite tipple.

What are your views? Do you know how many calories you’re consuming on an average week through wine, beer and spirits?  Would the knowledge of how many calories consumed affect the amount you drink?  Would you find this information beneficial? 

Would calorific information on alcoholic drinks affect your consumption?

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nagonthenet
7th May 2015
0
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It won't affect me as I don't drink, but I think that it is a good idea and one of the reasons I don't drink is that I can't afford the calories. Would sooner eat.
doglover76
7th May 2015
0
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although I like a drink the amount that passes my lips won't make the slightest difference
Notdeadyet
3rd May 2015
0
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As I drink very little it does not really affect me but I did vote NO because I do not think drinkers would take any notice.
Oldlady
2nd May 2015
0
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It wouldn't make any difference to me, as I'm not a drinker, but I think it's a very good idea.
GrannyG
1st May 2015
0
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I don't drink much as I am already aware of the amount of calories in most drinks BUT it might help my husband.
Wallace
30th Apr 2015
0
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It's a good idea, more so for medium to heavy drinkers, it might just get them to take a bit more care with their bodies.
maris
29th Apr 2015
1
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When you reach a certain age, what does it matter. I never did aim to live a long boring life, but despite my efforts, I am still here..cheers!
goldenbee
29th Apr 2015
2
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I don't drink much but can't see anyone in the pub asking ' and how many calories are in this pint' before they drink it.
malmar58
29th Apr 2015
-2
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Yet a more crack pot ideas we are all old at 18+ to make a inform chose these nutter should stop telling people what they can and cannot eat,drink all day long crawl buck into the cave
jill corry
29th Apr 2015
2
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Many people make bad choices end up with heart disease, diabetes etc and cost the taxpayer a lot of money. Ignorance is only bliss to the ignorant!
Peter
29th Apr 2015
1
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I think this is a great idea and long overdue as we should know what we are drinking. The beer and wine makers have long tried to obscure this and we know that alcohol is a major contributor to the obesity crisis in the UK. A pint of lager can have over 250 calories and a glass of wine over 200 so a few drinks can easily put you over the recommended daily limits - especially if you are sitting on your backside all day!
Wilf
29th Apr 2015
2
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I drink a bit at the weekend but to be honest I wouldn't look at the labels. If I want a pint of Guinness I drink one. What next? will they put the calories on the pint glass of Guiness in yellow so you can see it while drinking in the pub? The nanny state has gone mad!
Peter
29th Apr 2015
2
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I think you'll find that Guinness is surprisingly one of the lower calorie beers Wilf so you should be okay. Its the lagers that will grow your beer belly !
Jo Kingham
29th Apr 2015
2
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It would make difference to me as I don't really drink. To be honest I don't think people will pay any attention anyway. Calories are on so many products these days but people still consume them knowingly - hence we have such a high level of obesity. The products and poisonous ingredients should be outlawed and be done with it! It would save the NHS billions
Baxi
29th Apr 2015
3
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Definitely! I am the generation who was made very aware of calories when we were younger. We counted calories to diet. I find it difficult to judge quantities because the glasses of wine in pubs are so big now. My husband tells me that three large glasses of wine in a pub are equivalent to a bottle ...

Yes please to calorie information. I agree with Archiebald though, make the info big enough to read without glasses!
Archiebald
29th Apr 2015
4
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I think I would take more notice of how much alcohol I drink. But they would need to make it obvious. On most food labels the writing is so small I need my glasses to see it. The food and drink manufacturers need to take this into consideration for people who are older as the vast majority of us start struggling with our eyesight after about 40 and definitely in our 50s

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