Study unveils more alcoholic percentage than displayed on Wines

American researchers have discovered that many wines contain more alcohol than is claimed on the bottle, which could unknowingly expose wine lovers to various health risks.


The study which tested 127,000 wines and found that Chilean, Argentinian and Spanish reds had the biggest difference between alcohol content and what was listed on the bottle.

The actual alcohol content for the Chilean reds sampled was an average 13.8 per cent, compared to the 13.5 per cent advertised. Wines from Argentina contained an average 13.9 per cent alcohol, but were labelled as 13.6 per cent. And Spanish Red had 13.6 per cent alcohol content, but was advertised at 13.4 per cent. Meanwhile US reds had 14 per cent – higher than the advertised 13.8 per cent – while American whites had 13.7 per cent compared to an average label claim of 13.4 per cent.

The study was published in the Journal of Wine Economics. Alcohol Concern said it worried wine-makers were willfully misleading the public for profit. The charity’s Tom Smith said: ‘The public should be able to make informed choices about their health and drinkers have a right to know what they’re consuming. Every alcohol label should include an evidence-based health warning about the risks of drinking, as well as describing the product’s nutritional, calorific and alcohol unit content.’

 Researchers urged governments to ensure accurate health warnings on alcohol products are made mandatory, as is standard practice in other countries.


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