WASHINGTON, DC – The Treasury Department’s Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today issued a ruling clarifying that the same statements on carbohydrates and calories permitted on malt beverages can also be made for distilled spirits and wine products. “More and more consumers are seeking information about the carbohydrate and caloric content of what they eat and drink. TTB’s ruling today codifies that statements that have been historically permitted for beer products are also explicitly permitted for spirits and wine. Information about the carbohydrate and caloric content will provide adult consumers with more information about the types of beverage alcohol products they choose to buy,” said Peter H. Cressy, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council. Cressy pointed out that the majority of distilled spirits categories – including Vodka, Tequila, Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, Gin, and Rum – contain no carbohydrates. He noted that whether or not a particular distiller chooses to use such a statement on their label or advertising will be an individual company decision. “We look forward to participating in the upcoming rulemaking,” concluded Cressy. For decades, the spirits industry has been a leader in advocating moderation and responsibility. The distillers have always acknowledged the problems of abusive alcohol consumption. The distillers do not recommend that people drink alcohol for health reasons and have always encouraged those adults who choose to drink, to do so responsibly and in moderation. Abuse of alcohol can cause serious health and other problems. Even drinking in moderation may pose health risks to some people. If you have questions regarding alcohol, talk to your health professional.