Alcohol labelling

Introducing calorie labelling for alcoholic drinks

alcohol_labelling-cover resizeWhat's the issue?

  • A large proportion of UK adults are overweight or obese and this number is growing
  • Obesity increases the risk of developing many serious medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, and has financial implications for the NHS and the UK economy as a whole
  • Alcoholic drinks are frequently high in calories and their regular consumption can lead to weight gain
  • Of adults that drink, it is estimated that nearly 10% of their daily calorie intake comes from alcohol
What are we calling for?
  • The European Union Health Commissioner and drinks companies to introduce calorie labelling on all alcohol products
  • Research undertaken to better understand the relationship between alcohol consumption and healthy weight in adults, including the potential effectiveness of using calorie and unit labelling to reduce alcohol consumption

                                                                                                  Download our position paper

The Experiment

RSPH hosted an experiment at a central London pub to find out if displaying calories on drinks menus changes people’s drinking behaviour. Please watch the film below to see the results!

The Experiment from Royal Society for Public Health on Vimeo.

What do the public think?

RSPH takes to the streets of central London to find out how much the public know about calories in alcohol and whether they would support calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks.

What do the public think? from Royal Society for Public Health on Vimeo.

How can you get involved?

Help us achieve our mission to get alcohol labelling in EU legislation

Why not write to the person who will make the decision on whether alcoholic drinks should carry calorie labels?  Here is a template letter which you might want to use to either write to or email the office of Vytenis Andrutakitis, EU Health Commissioner.

Or why not show your support by contacting the key decision-makers at some of our biggest drinks companies?

Letter to EU

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Letter to Diageo

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Letter to Majestic Wines

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Letter to SABMiller

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