The traffic light system has been used on food for a while due to EU laws, and the system tells its consumers their calorie intake with each food product. However, after recent research suggests that around 80% of us were unaware of just how many calories are within our favourite drinks. Doctors have recommended that the laws be changed so that the calories for alcohol are displayed on the packaging in a similar traffic light system. Just to give you some idea of the calories we deal with in our alcohol, here’s a few examples:

  • A large (250ml) glass of 8% wine is around 170 calories
  • A large (250ml) glass of 14% wine is around 230 calories
  • A pint of 4% beer is over 180 calories

The widely made connection going around at the moment is that a doughnut, in comparison, is around 200 calories – meaning that many alcoholic products are easily matching some high-calorie food. It is this kind of statistic that people across the European Union hope to become more common knowledge, allowing people to more easily measure their calorie intake. The government is to be discussing the change of law this month (November 2014) and if the law is changed, it is believed by some that the traffic light system will be an effective combat against obesity.

An example of what the traffic light system may look like on alcohol
An example of what the traffic light system may look like on alcohol

The current traffic light system ranks food and drink in the green, amber or red sections, and shows you at a glance if the product has high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt. Alcohol is currently excluded from this system, and experts think that including it within the scheme will help to increase peoples’ health.

The argument has also been made, however, that some would prefer to remain ignorant of the facts – preferring instead to enjoy the drink without feeling that they are harming themselves in any way, which is a possible valid point – those who do not wish to know may just ignore the labels, instead focusing on the enjoyment of the products.

What do you think – Should the law be changed to include alcoholic products, or would it simply be a waste of time and resources? Let us know.

Christmas has consistently been a time of spending for millions of people as they buy Christmas presents for their friends, family and loved ones… and this year is no different! During the approach up to Christmas, local keg provider Perfect Draft Beer Kegs has seen a surprising increase in sales as people across the UK get some deliciously refreshing beer for their friends & family. Perfect Draft Beer Kegs service includes providing the kegs and the Philips Perfect Draft Machines for their clients across the UK, allowing people to enjoy some of their favourite beers with both ease and style in the comfort of their own home.

Perfect Draft Beer Kegs products are often making the perfect Christmas mini beer kegs – being used not only as gifts for their clients’ family and friends, but also as a neat and fun addition to many a function. These mini beer kegs have proven themselves to be of great use throughout the year, being a great addition to barbecues, birthday parties, weddings and more – and are once again helping people to enjoy the festive season and welcome the new year with their Christmas & new year service.

Perfect Draft Beer Kegs & Their Dispenser
Perfect Draft Beer Kegs & Their Dispenser

Perfect Draft Beer Kegs success in the hospitality sector is partially due to their continuous success over the past couple of years – which has established them as a leader of drinks provisioning in the country and gained them a few repeat customers, as well as expanding the brand name beyond their original reach.

People have shown their love for beer this year by surprising the company with a huge peak in the number of products purchased by in the past couple of months, so look out for a few kegs of this lovely beer (Becks Original, Leffe Blonde, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Jupiler available) and the neat Perfect Draft Machine being delivered by Santa within the next few months!