Skip Nav
Original Recipes
Perfect Cocktail Pairings For the 2016 Grammys
Cooking Basics
How to Cook Chickpeas Every Which Way
Cooking Basics
The Best Way to Stock Up on Homemade Soup

To Curb Drinking, UK Mandates Smaller Wine Glasses

UK officials are hoping that a simple swap of the dishes will be the quick fix for some of the country's social problems. According to official figures, 43 percent of middle-class professionals exceed safe alcohol guidelines. Experts are putting the blame on the upward size trend of wine glasses. That's why next month, ministers plan to release a mandatory code of practice requiring all venues serving alcohol to offer customers a choice of drink size.
While a standard wine glass once held 125 ml — a little over 4 ounces — many establishments now consider this a "small" size. A large size rings in at 250 ml — a serving that could equal as much as one-third of a bottle of wine. And at least 10 percent of UK bars have been using 250 ml as a standard-sized wine glass. "Glass sizes have increased over the years, as has the strength of wine," said Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo. "Too often the only size available is a large glass. I would like to see more choice available, so people can opt for a small glass."

What do you think of this solution? Will offering smaller servings of wine at bars encourage drinkers to consume less?

Source

Around The Web

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Another reason for me to not drink...
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 6 years
I agree- the size and shape of the glass is important. If a red is being served in too small of a glass it will not breathe properly... Plus, if I'm paying for wine at a restaurant ( which is usually jacked up the price 3x anyways ) then you'd better give me a full serving.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 6 years
I agree- the size and shape of the glass is important. If a red is being served in too small of a glass it will not breathe properly... Plus, if I'm paying for wine at a restaurant ( which is usually jacked up the price 3x anyways ) then you'd better give me a full serving.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
well - i think that if you're being charged the same amount then you'll get upset but i think that it's a good solution to a problem. it's like the one to try to regulate over eating - use smaller plates
Jinx Jinx 6 years
Didn't the UK recently change to 24 hour drinking establishments, but now they want to serve less wine? Doesn't make sense.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 6 years
I thought this had been going on for a while because every restaurant and pub I've been to ask "large or small" and yes, they do charge less for a small glass.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Will they charge less? Because otherwise they're just being douchebags. I'd be so mad if I paid the same price for a teeny glass of wine.
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 6 years
It will give the opportunity to those driving a chance to have a little glass of wine with a meal. But then there are always those who can't stop at one or even just a small serving. We will have to see how it goes.
macgirl macgirl 6 years
Well having a choice is nice and all but I'm going to guess that the over indulgers are over indulging on purpose. I doubt this will help their problem.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 6 years
Are restaurants going to charge less? Highly doubtful. Sounds like a scam to me. I'll stick with a nice pint of bitter. And if anyone touches the amount of beer in a pint, I think they're going to get a riot on their hands.
Latest Food
X