Will nutritional values on alcoholic beverages sway your choices?


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Alcoholic beverages could soon have nutritional labels, something that had never been approved in the past.

The Treasury Department which regulates alcohol said that beer, wine and spirits can now use labels listing the ingredients in the beverage and the nutrition facts like serving size, calories, carbohydrates, fat per serving and protein.

Oneal Etsy, a Utica resident, said calories or not, people are going to drink.

" I don't think anyone would care. People buy junk all the time and it has the nutrition facts on it and they still buy it so if you put it on beer... people are still going to buy the beer."

Some consumers feel the labels are important to know what exactly is in one's drink.

Leroy Jackson, a Utica resident said, "I think it's a good idea. I think people need to know what they drinking."

Alcohol companies won't be required to use the labels because they are voluntary.

The decision is temporary. It is considered the first step while the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau continues to consider final rules on alcohol labels.

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