Public health specialists called for alcohol to contain calorie warnings to help fight obesity

The Royal Society for Public Health said that many people had no idea drinking made them fat, and that we need brightly coloured traffic light stickers on all of our drinks in future. 

A spokesperson explained, “So many people seem to think that four pints and a salad equals a healthy lunch. Sure, it makes the afternoon fly by, but you’ve consumed about a thousand calories right there.”
“We would like calorie warnings on all beers, wines and spirits, so consumers can make an informed choice over how obese they want to become, and weigh that up against how much fun they want to have.”

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“Putting warnings on addictive things that are bad for you stops people using them all the time. Just look at cigarettes - Oh, maybe not cigarettes.”

Calorie counting for alcohol

The alcohol industry has welcomed the call and insisted they have several brands of diet alcohol waiting to go. As one executive told us, “Diet Isotonic Stella Artois could be on the shelves by Christmas, you just need to say the word.”
 
Consumers however are less than enthusiastic. Drinker Simon Williams told us, “I’m overweight, sure, but I don’t see how a diet lager would make any difference.”
 
“My weight is actually only an issue when I’m sober. The more I drink the better I look – That's a fact. It makes me a better dancer too. Drink is brilliant.”