Labelling the calorie content of alcoholic drinks would help to tackle obesity, public health doctors suggest.
Most people, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), are ignorant of the startling facts surrounding the calories in alcoholic drinks. For example, a large glass of wine contains around 200 calories, which is the same as a doughnut.
Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the RSPH, called the statistics: “quite startling really – 80 per cent of adults have no idea what the calorie count is in anything they’re drinking and if they do think they have an idea they totally underestimate it anyway.”
Approximately 25 per cent of adults in the UK are obese, making it one of the world’s most obese nations.
Obesity can be responsible for a number of health problems and complications, including the development of type 2 diabetes, which currently affects around 3.2 million people in the United Kingdom.
It is treated primarily through lifestyle changes, such as improving one’s diet and getting more exercise.
A lack of education is often blamed for the exponential increases in obesity and diabetes in recent years. The study is another example of how ignorance – in this case, of the calorie content of alcoholic drinks – can cause or exacerbate health issues.

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