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Australians Could S Be Told Exactly How Many Calories Are In Their Fave Alcoholic Beverages

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is considering a move to mandate energy labelling similar to food on alcoholic beverages.

When it comes to alcohol, Australians have remained mainly in the dark about the energy content and ingredients in the bevvies we like to sink. 

So will that be coming to an end?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced on Monday that it was preparing a proposal to consider including the labels that would reveal the kilojoules per drink. 

Currently, alcohol is unlike most other packaged food and drinks as they have been exempt from providing nutrition information on the label.

It means consumers have limited understanding of the energy contribution – measured in kilojoules or calories – that alcohol makes to their diet.

It’s particularly interesting given that alcohol is high in energy, providing 29.3 kilojoules per gram, according to the National Health and Medical Research Council, which may surprise some Australians.

An analysis of 22 studies showed only a minority could correctly guess a drink’s energy content (the number of kilojoules or calories) using general knowledge.

The consumers surveyed were also generally unable to correctly rank the energy content of different alcoholic drinks.

The Obesity Policy Coalition has also backed improved labelling that shows how many kilojoules are in a product.