File - One pint of 5 percent alcohol beer contains as many calories as a chocolate bar.
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Health conscious tipplers may be closer to finding out just how many calories they are imbibing as consumer advocates push for EU nutritional labeling on alcoholic drinks in the face of strong industry resistance.Adopted by 63 of the 68 members of the parliament's health committee, the resolution also calls for labels that highlight the dangers of alcohol for pregnant women and motorists.The group published a table comparing calories in 100 milliliters of various drinks: 245 calories for whiskey, 82 for red wine and 46 for beer containing 4.5 percent or 5.5 percent alcohol – the same as for fresh orange juice."While 100 ml is usually a fraction of the amount of beer a person might consume in one serving, it can equal three servings of spirits: The maximum daily recommendation for men and beyond what is recommended for women," industry group SpiritsEurope said.When he took up his post last October, EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis also called for ending the code of silence on the calorie count of alcohol.
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