Most of us have no idea how many calories are in alcoholic drinks, and the truth might shock you
Sipping on a glass of wine could give you more than just a sore head in the morning: it could be secretly piling on extra pounds, too.
The Royal Society for Public Health has said that the majority of us are blissfully unaware of the calorific value of our favourite tipples and are calling for drinks companies to label their products in a bid to tackle obesity.
RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer said: “Calorie labelling has been successfully introduced for a wide range of food products and there is now a clear public appetite for this information to be extended to alcohol to help individuals make informed choices.
"With two in three adults overweight or obese, and given that adults who drink get approximately 10% of their calories from alcohol, this move could make a major difference to [the] waistlines of the nation.”
The society conducted a poll of 2,000 people revealing that more than 80% of them did not know, or incorrectly estimated, the calorie content of a large glass of wine. The answer? Around 200 calories, which is the same as a doughnut.
While drinks manufacturers must display the alcohol content of their products on the label, because alcoholic drinks are not classified as food they are exempt from the calorie labelling regulations.
Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, told the BBC that calorie labelling was a “great idea.” She said: “Alcohol itself is quite calorific, it is almost as calorific as fat, which people don’t realise. Sometimes you think of drinks as not being part of your calorie intake when in fact they are. There isn’t anything low calorie about alcohol at all.
"If you have a couple of glasses of wine with a meal that’s like having an extra course.”
Do you know how many calories are in your favourite drink? Find out below
What: 250ml glass of 8% wine
Equivalent to: a Cadbury’s Flake
What: 250ml glass of 14% wine
Equivalent to: a small portion of McDonald's french fries
What: 275ml alcopop
Equivalent to: a Crème Egg
What: a pint of beer (4% ABV)
Equivalent to: a Wall's Cornetto ice cream
What: double gin and tonic
Equivalent to: 3 Birds Eye chicken nuggets