National Consumers League

Alcohol Facts


By National Consumers League staff What's a dieter to do? A solid month into the new year, resolutions going strong: counting calories, exercising, avoiding late-night binges. But the weekend's just around the corner, and one can only avoid Friday happy hours for so long. Wouldn't it be nice if somehow you could actually look at any bottle of beer or wine or tequila and find out how many calories or grams of fat are in it? Have allergies? Wouldn't it be nice to know the ingredients in what you're drinking? Counting carbs? Watching your alcohol intake? What's an info-seeking consumer to do? Currently, the labeling on beverages containing alcohol is all across the board, with most drinks lacking easy-to-find information about calories, serving sizes, etc. For years, NCL has been asking the federal government to make a change for the positive and better regulate this stuff with a standardized, useful "Alcohol Facts" label. (Think "Nutrition Facts" for beer.) Here's our latest call for change.