Why alcohol doesn’t come with nutrition facts


if you go into a grocery store and you buy
pretty much anything: a bottle of water, a bag of chips, that thing will have a nutritional
label on it if you go buy beer or wine or liquor, it usually
doesn’t, and that’s crazy the reason why is kind of complicated so it all dates back to 1935 shortly after prohibition was repealed, Congress
formed a new agency that would regulate alcoholic beverages booze got its own agency, it wasn’t regulated
by the food and drug administration, which meant that in 1990 when the FDA told food
companies they needed to start labeling all of their packaged foods, that rule didn’t
apply to alcohol in the years since, there’s been a weird hodgepodge
of complicated rules put into place for nutrition facts on alcohol super weird, for example, most beers are made
out of something called malted barley but, if you’re an alcohol company and you
happen to make a beer that doesn’t have malted barley in it sorry, you need to put a label on that same goes if you’re a wine maker, and say
you have a particular vintage that happens to contain less than seven percent alcohol
by volume sorry, put a label on that one too but, for most of the alcohol that we drink,
labels are optional so, they can list calorie counts if they want,
and if they do, they also have to list carbs, protein and fat, but they can also just leave
all that out which means that those of us who are super
conscious of ingredients or trying to count calories are pretty much out of luck consumer groups have tried six different times
to get the regulations changed, to get labels put on alcoholic beverages and they’ve even gotten close a few times,
but the beverage industry, as you might have guessed, has some powerful lobbyists a few different industry groups said that
if they were required to put nutrition facts on alcohol, it would mislead consumers into
thinking that alcohol was nutritious wine producers also said it would be way too
hard to test every single vintage for things like calorie content or grams of sugar, especially
when these things vary so much from year to year in the end, the consumer groups lost their
fight basically, regulators just sided with manufacturers
and made labels optional the fact that alcoholic beverages don’t have
nutrition labels on them, this has consequences for people’s health when people don’t have information about how
many calories they’re consuming or how much sugar, they’re not as good at making smart
decisions about how much to drink it’s certainly not a guarentee that people
would drink more responsibly if they knew this information, but putting it on the label
definitely can’t hurt just from a consumer standpoint, it seems
like our right to know that, if we know it for bottled water, if we know it for a package
of chips, it’s really bizarre that we’re not allowed to know it for beer

100 thoughts on “Why alcohol doesn’t come with nutrition facts

  1. "It can't hurt [me]" isn't a reason to do something that takes a lot of doing and would have a lot of third-party effects.

  2. I was just about to log my calories for my mott's caesar in a can and looked for the non existent nutrition label and now I am here

  3. Everyone is saying nobody who drinks alcohol cares about calorie content in alcoholic beverages, but there are people like Type I diabetics who actually enjoy alcohol and need to know a precise calorie count to administer insulin while drinking beer. I can't see a reason to prevent these people from enjoying a couple beers just because some people might confuse beer with "liquid bread".

  4. that's ridiculous. putting a nutrition label will probably NOT lead people to believe that alcohol is nutritious…. wtf

  5. The idea that people are not as able to make smart decisions about their food and drinks because of the lack of nutritional labeling is false. Studies actually show that since the introduction of mandatory labeling we've actually gotten worse at controling out diet.

  6. I figured they might not want people thinking the nutrients make it a food substitute, but the calories, sugars, etc. should totally be listed

  7. I don't know how exactly to fix the world but start with… "shoot all the lobbyists." That'd be a good place to start.

  8. One could argue that the detrimental effects to the internal organs caused by excessive alcohol consumption should be on there too.

  9. Wanna be conscious of caloire, drink liquor and stay away from the damn sodas, light beer is crap. Just drink regular beer. You ppl sound dumb,wanna know caloire,sugar and whatever else. If your on diet you dont need to be binge drinking everyday. Having 1 to 2 beers every now and then wont hirt your diet.

  10. Excellent video. But I think that your narrators need to work on not whistling their "s" sounds, as I found this so distracting that I had to lower the volume.

  11. I 100% agree that alcohol should be labeled. However, in the time being we could just test for calories on our own. Other nutrient facts will be a bit harder but all you need to test calorie count is a few test tubes, a flame, the object, water, and a thermometer.

  12. Anyone else love how they didn't show the yuengling bottle the whole time to avoid a potential law suit then picked it up at the end?

  13. I have to say, I don’t really mind not being treated like a child for once, I can make my own decisions on what and how much to consume, and I don’t need nutritional information on bottled water (drink tap water!), nor on beer.

  14. i love how they didn’t even think about diabetics who actually NEED to count their carbs to keep their blood sugars in good control but they bothered to mention people who just want to count calories as if that’s the biggest problem here

  15. Maybe you should make video about expiry date on 'table salt' as well? I'm not sure why my Natrium Chloride can expire next year despite the fact that it has been there for the last millenia in the ocean / mountain / wherever

  16. Why would you need this for beer or wine? We already know the ingredients! It's like saying: what's the ingredients of this cheese!

  17. In Europe we don't have nutritional facts on wine. The French where against it, because they don't want anyone to know that they add a lot off additives to keep the taste the same year after year.

  18. 2:09 Other beverages and foods have nutrition labels and people do "have information about how many calories they're consuming or how much sugar", so why are 50%+ Americans overweight?
    Want to make smart decisions? Why don't you just quit drinking that carcinogen?

  19. In Australia we have a standard measuring system, and every bottle of alcohol tells you how many "standard" drinks are in it. So like, a bottle of wine has about 7 standards in it and a single beer has about 1 – 1.4 standards. It makes it way easier for you to know how much you're drinking and keep track of your consumption.

  20. As a manufacturer of alcohol,I gotta say, it really would be hard to get accurate info and keep it accurate. Besides if you drink alot if alcohol you probably aren't too concerned about calories.

  21. I am hoping that one day we will know. You will be surprised the crap they put in alcohol and we are forced to call rude customer service representatives or write drawn out emails to find out what is in the alcohol and by law they don't have to tell us. Gluten free? Diabetic? Fish allergy? Dairy allergy? Vegan? or whatever, how would you know? Just try and ask Crown Royal they won't tell you..

  22. It’s funny how a majority of box videos explain why a certain way is so but always comes down to lobbying in governments…

  23. Like soda, I’m sure that alcohol nowadays has more new addictive properties that are causing the hike in alcoholics. Ofcourse if beer companies can get away with this, then they will. Money speaks volumes

  24. Just leave the booze alone. Of course it’s bad for you! But ya drink it anyway to have a good time. It’s gets ya drunk.

  25. I love Vox. But the opinion at the end of this one is dumb. I’m sorry, but, alcohol is bad for you. I don’t need to read how much sugar or carbs it has.

  26. Wine I understand perfectly why having nutritional facts wouldn’t work, beer and most hard alcohols on the other hand it would make sense to label

  27. everyone's arguing over calories on labels and im just over here with an allergy
    hmm looks good, hope i dont have a reaction ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  28. Brilliant production as always by Vox! Convey my kudos to your creative teams who visualize all the information for the videos! ☺️

  29. Think about how much money this would cost companies to get caloric numbers on everyone one of their beverages. How expensive would our beer and wine cost us, because you know the companies would defray their costs to the consumers before taking it out of their profits.

  30. The most subtle poison is sugar. Fructose. They should at least list this. Everyone knows alcohol isn’t nutritional but I promise they are pumping in high fructose and other harmful agents. I believe anything that can be consumed should have ingredients listed. Period.

  31. And if you do work out, NEVER do what that goofball at 4:31 did! unless you don’t like your rotator cuffs

  32. Nutrition labels would be nice but consumers don't need them to make good health decisions. The calories in alcohol is not secret information. Google is your friend. Let me get you started: a 5 oz. glass of red wine has about 125 calories and a 12 oz. bottle of beer has about 150 calories. Yes, different brands and vintages will vary in their calorie counts, but not by that much. Calorie labeling for packaged food has a large margin of error as well. The precise figures are not very important when counting calories. Studies have shown that calorie counts on labels and menus do little to change consumer behavior.

  33. what beer are you drinking because I have never drank a beer without it? Granted it is not in big letters like my frosted flakes but it is still on the can

  34. ready to get blown away? The worse thing about alcohol if you want to stay healthy…isnt calories or sugars,..ITS THE ALCOHOL! xD Just dont drink at all! Sugars and calories are harmless in comparison to what alcohol does to you.

  35. What's with the preachy teetotaller convention in the comments? 1920s were a century ago guys, alcohol is not the devil's drink.

  36. For people with food allergies, not having labels is a huuuggeee pain in the butt. I always thought vodka was only made from potatoes until I developed a rice allergy and had some vodka which was made from rice. My lips and throat swelled up really badly, but it took me months to figure out what was causing it. Was it gelatin? no…My new dog? no… Peanut contamination??? Because some vodkas would cause it, and not others, it took a long time before I figured it out–if it had just been on a label, I would have been good. It's insane to me that they don't have to at least put ingredient lists on alcohol.

  37. If you're "health conscious" then stay away from liqour all together. Leave up it to these nannyistic, whistle-blowers to make sure alcoholic beverages are "nutritionally labeled". What a crock-o-shit haha

  38. Alcohol is liquid sugar molecule at the chemical level.
    This is why there are no nutritional labels on the bottle 🙂

  39. Side note: Alcohol and Tobacco were made exempt from drug scheduling in the 1970 Controlled Substance Act.

  40. People should just know alcohol is bad for nutrition anyway 🤦 like not only is it all liquid carbs, but it bloats your stomach

  41. To be fair, too many people are saying "to be fair" in this comment section, and let me give one example of a drink that takes full advantage of this law. Jagermeister. The stuff is basically syrup. it has 16.5 grams of sugar per shot. Over 3 times the sugar content in the same amount of Coke.

  42. I wish this video had talked about the allergy impact of a lack of labeling. My son has severe food allergies, so I'm used to looking at ingredients, but now that he is drinking age, we have to look it up online.. and maybe those sources are accurate or maybe they're not.

  43. If you really want to calorie count or regualte your nutrition. … maybe dont drink?
    Anyone health conscious. Why are you consuming this. It does nothing. Everything about alcohol is negative.

  44. If you want to be healthy and have to read the nutrition facts WHY ARE YOU DRINKING ALCOHOL IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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