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Nutritional Labeling

Labels revealing how costly a glass of wine or beer could be in terms of weight gain could soon be on the way, as the Government explores making them mandatory.

Alcohol manufacturers already label drinks with standard drink measurements and some voluntary health warnings.

Now, the Government is considering adding another requirement – labeling the number of kilojoules each drink contains.

“They [alcoholic drinks] contribute quite a large proportion of our energy, around about 5 per cent, which is around about the same as sugar,” said Auckland University of Technology nutrition professor Elaine Rush.

“If we are going to have sugar labeling mandatory on products, we should not be ignoring the elephant in the room of alcohol.”

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