Britain’s council leaders want bottles of wine and cans of beer to display the number of calories they contain to help tackle the country’s obesity problem. David Rogers, public health spokesman for the Local Government Association, said many people do not realise just how fattening alcoholic drinks can be. An average pint of beer contains around 250 calories, a pint of strong lager about 335, and a large glass of wine 185, according to research carried out last year. The same survey found that the average adult was drinking enough alcohol to add almost 3,000 calories to his or her weekly calorific intake. The European Union is already considering making nutritional labels mandatory on alcopops and cider – but not on wine, beer and spirits. The Observer 25/05/08 page 16