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Put calorie counts on #alcoholic drinks, #LGA says

As people begin their Dry January period they can take some comfort in knowing they are also reducing their calorie intake.

The Local Government Association has said that makers of alcoholic drinks should display the calorie count on bottles and cans.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and  LGA Community Wellbeing spokesperson, said:
“Breweries and drinks manufacturers should show leadership in tackling the obesity crisis, by voluntarily providing clear signs on bottles and cans of alcohol.
“Most people are aware that excessive alcohol can lead to serious health problems like liver and heart damage, and an increased risk of cancer. However, the amount of calories from an average night’s drinking isn’t so well-known. People should be able to make informed choices.
“The onus is on the big breweries to do more to provide clear and prominent labelling. Providing people with the right information allows them to make choices about what they eat and drink.
“Prevention is the only way we are going to tackle the obesity crisis, which is costing the NHS more than £5 billion every year. It’s all about giving people the right information about the calories they are consuming. This saves money for other parts of the public sector by reducing demand for hospital, health and social care services, and improves the public’s health.”

Read the media release in full here

Read more from the BBC here 

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About Paul Hooper, WCC (586 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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