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Glass shape 'affects drink size' (News that can used)
BBC ^ | Friday, 23 December 2005 | BBC

Posted on 12/23/2005 5:23:32 PM PST by indcons

People are more likely to pour extra alcohol into short, wide glasses than tall, narrow glasses, a study says.

The US researchers from Cornell University asked 198 students and 86 bartenders to pour a shot of alcohol.

They found students poured 30% more into the short glasses, while bar workers faired only slightly better at 20%, the British Medical Journal said.

The groups poured more than a standard shot measure into both types of glasses.

Students also said they thought the tall glasses held more, suggesting they were trying to compensate for size when pouring into the short, wide glasses.

The people participating in the study were asked to pour four different types of drinks - vodka tonic, rum and cola, whisky and gin and tonic.

Practise led students to pour less into tall glasses, but did not affect the amount put in the short ones, while bar staff poured less in each.

Lead researcher Brian Wansink said the findings suggested people should think more carefully about the measures they pour and it might be useful to mark on glasses to signify what equates to a shot.

And he added: "If short tumblers lead even bartenders to pour more alcohol than tall highball glasses the way to better control alcohol consumption is to use tall glasses or to use glasses with the alcohol level marked on them - and to realise that, when alcoholic drinks are served in a short wide glass, two drinks are actually equal to two and a half."

Moira Plant, professor of alcohol studies at the University of the West of England, said: "The real problem is that people just do not known what constitutes a unit of alcohol.

"Evidence suggests that at home, people will pour themselves larger measures than those served at pubs.

"Meanwhile, pubs have started serving drinks in larger glasses and offering cheap promotions to encourage people to drink more.

"People need to become more aware."


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I prefer short glasses :)
1 posted on 12/23/2005 5:23:33 PM PST by indcons
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To: indcons

One wonders which glasses were closer to hand.

Me, I pour into whatever's clean!

(And if nothing meets that criterion, people call me a slattern and drink from the bottle.)


2 posted on 12/23/2005 5:24:49 PM PST by Xenalyte (Tom Cruise is in my closet and he won't come out.)
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To: indcons

Indeed. I will scout my local bars to find the shortest, widest glasses.


3 posted on 12/23/2005 5:28:04 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Xenalyte
"(And if nothing meets that criterion, people call me a slattern and drink from the bottle.)"
" -You yourself know that the second morning dose, drunk right from the bottleneck, darkens one's soul - well, not for too long, only till the third dose, drunk from the glass, - but still it darkens the soul. Who knows it better than you?"
[Venedict Erofeev, "Moskva-Petushki"]
4 posted on 12/23/2005 5:32:05 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Gordongekko909
This theory needs a lot of testing and validation. I am going to start with this one here:


5 posted on 12/23/2005 5:33:15 PM PST by indcons (FReepmail indcons to join the MilHist ping list)
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To: indcons
My gage ... how much is missing out of the bottle at the end of the evening works for me. The size or shape of the glass is of no consequence ... my motto ... a bottle a day (of wine) keeps the doctor at bay.
6 posted on 12/23/2005 5:34:24 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: indcons
Cheers!


7 posted on 12/23/2005 5:36:29 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: GSlob

No one on FR has ever quoted Russian literature to me.

Marry me. Damn Xena's Guy. Damn the law.

(The real question is what the third drink does.)


8 posted on 12/23/2005 5:37:55 PM PST by Xenalyte (Tom Cruise is in my closet and he won't come out.)
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To: BluH2o

If you pour into the right glass, a bottle of wine only yields three glasses. Nothing wrong with that!


9 posted on 12/23/2005 5:38:25 PM PST by Xenalyte (Tom Cruise is in my closet and he won't come out.)
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To: indcons

I just drink from the bottle. Glasses are for girls and liberals!


10 posted on 12/23/2005 5:38:44 PM PST by WatchYourself
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To: elkfersupper
Cheers!


11 posted on 12/23/2005 5:39:14 PM PST by indcons (FReepmail indcons to join the MilHist ping list)
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To: indcons
"This theory needs a lot of testing and validation."

I see a federally-funded study in Congress's future. With Ted Kennedy doing most of the "research."

12 posted on 12/23/2005 5:39:30 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: indcons
And Cheers! from my date.


13 posted on 12/23/2005 5:43:22 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: indcons; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; mhking; Memother; Alamo-Girl; chesty_puller; GRRRRR; Bigun; ...

Glass shape 'affects drink size'

I don't know bout Ya'll but this seem's like explaining common sense.


14 posted on 12/23/2005 5:43:33 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (secus acutulus exspiro ab Acheron bipes actio absol ab Acheron supplico)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

I am still going to carry out important research on this topic.


15 posted on 12/23/2005 5:46:00 PM PST by indcons (FReepmail indcons to join the MilHist ping list)
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To: Xenalyte
"The real question is what the third drink does."
OK, another piece from the same book addresses your question in great detail:

"... For example, by the age of eighteen I have noticed that from the first dose to the fifth I was maturing, i.e. maturing irresistibly, but starting from the sixth and up to and including the ninth - I softened. Softened so much that from the tenth dose I fell asleep, equally irresistibly. And what did I think in my naiveté? I thought: it's necessary to overcome sleepiness by willpower and to drink the eleventh dose - then, maybe, maturing will resume.
No. No resumptions, I have tried.
I worked on this problem for three years, every day I tried, and every day I fell asleep after the tenth dose.
And everything was so simple: it turned out that if you've already drunk the fifth, you should drink the sixth, the seventh, the eighth and the ninth - all at once, but to drink ideally, i.e. to drink only in imagination. In other words, you should, by one stride of will - not drink either the sixth or the seventh or the eighth or the ninth.
And, after the pause, you should drink the tenth dose, and, just as the Ninth symphony of Antonin Dvorzhak is conventionally called the Fifth, so you conditionally call your sixth dose the tenth and then you can be sure: now you'll mature without interruption from the sixth (tenth) to the very twenty eighth (thirty-second) dose, i.e. to the limit after which insanity and swinery follow...."

16 posted on 12/23/2005 5:46:10 PM PST by GSlob
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To: indcons

This is why they developed the 45cc shot glass. Same dose every time.


17 posted on 12/23/2005 5:46:46 PM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: indcons

Who needs a Glass anyway ?

18 posted on 12/23/2005 5:47:36 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (secus acutulus exspiro ab Acheron bipes actio absol ab Acheron supplico)
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To: Xenalyte

Hey slattern .....Merry CHRISTmas and how's your mom?


19 posted on 12/23/2005 5:49:24 PM PST by bobbyd (Damn, I've been tagged.....)
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To: Xenalyte

Why don't bartenders keep bar with a beaker?


20 posted on 12/23/2005 5:50:22 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: Xenalyte

I see you as drinking mead out of a bull's horn.


21 posted on 12/23/2005 5:53:54 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Good idea....I used to drink rum from the bottle a few years ago. Can't do so anymore :(

This lady knows how it is done!!


22 posted on 12/23/2005 5:54:29 PM PST by indcons (FReepmail indcons to join the MilHist ping list)
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To: indcons
Students also said they thought the tall glasses held more, suggesting they were trying to compensate for size when pouring into the short, wide glasses.

Compensating for size..... of what?

23 posted on 12/23/2005 5:55:52 PM PST by SpottedBeaver (Tagline removed by Moderator)
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To: indcons; Cagey
"Meanwhile, pubs have started serving drinks in larger glasses and offering cheap promotions to encourage people to drink more.

Ya don't say.


24 posted on 12/23/2005 7:00:20 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

WOW!! Where can I buy those glasses?


25 posted on 12/23/2005 7:07:17 PM PST by indcons (FReepmail indcons to join the MilHist ping list)
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To: indcons

Well, one can use a pitcher, right? After all, it is merely a largish beerstein.


26 posted on 12/23/2005 7:20:37 PM PST by GSlob
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To: MotleyGirl70
That pic reminds me of my 2 liter beer boot I bought in Germany about 22 years ago. It holds 8 bottles of US/Canadian beer. Here is an example. The one on the right...


27 posted on 12/24/2005 7:02:30 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: Dutch Boy
There's a pub in Germantown, WI (about 20 miles north of Milwaukee) that will serve beer in boots that size.

I've seen people have them and that's a ton of beer.

28 posted on 12/24/2005 6:27:04 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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