Skip to comments.Now Big Brother wants to put unit lines on pub glasses to show you EXACTLY how much…(UK)
Posted on 04/06/2014 11:05:55 AM PDT by Olog-hai
For many of us, enjoying a glass of wine or pint of beer is the perfect way to unwind after a hard days work. But it seems having a drink in a pub or restaurant could be about to get a lot less relaxing.
Campaigners are calling for lines to be printed on glasses to show drinkers how many units of alcohol they are really consumingand potentially to shock them into cutting down. The plans, put forward by the Drinkaware charity, would see unit measure lines added to glasses, based on average-strength drinksa 4 percent beer, 13 percent wine and 40 percent spirit.
Given that a 4 percent pint of beer contains 2.3 units, the glass would have two unit lines printed on itone just below half-full and the second a little way under the official pint mark.
However, pub operators have condemned the Big Brother plans as barmy, saying the lines would be meaningless because the strength of different beers, wines and spirits varies so much.
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Trying to push towards Sharia prohibition, is it?
Now Big Brother wants to put unit lines on pub glasses to show you EXACTLY how much youve had to drink
That would be a campaign I could support. Actually, some Canadian jurisdictions have long required lines on beer glasses, to ensure that the the customer gets all the beer he pays for (rather than just foam).
Politicians, ALL POLITICIANS, are morons! Buffoons! Put a line on a glass to show the dummies how much alcohol they’ve consumed. Childish and stupid. I understand the American Revolution now so much better than I ever did before. Free people can take only so much stupidity from politicians and abuse from an oppressive government before they crack.
The official serving size for Fig Newtons is two cookies. However, most people eat them by the sleeve.
There are 24 cookies in a sleeve - or 12 servings!
So it also goes for beer.
Well.....pegs and lines have been required on glasses & mugs for centuries in some countries, to insure the patron receives what he paid for.
Being told to “mind your P’s and Q’s” was originally about graduated drinking vessels. Don’t know what the motivation is now, but it goes waaay back in European history.
It’s a serious matter that: serving short measures, even by having too much of a head on the beer in a pint, can result in law suits in the UK.
Everywhere in the EU has lines on glasses. They DO need that here. I have a calibrated hand and KNOW when I’m being short changed on a pint. There is a cheap sneaky bastard who owns a pub here that phased out all the true pint 16 ounce glasses with 14 ounce glasses. When confronted, by me, he assured me they were still 16 ounces. WRONG, caught short handed. They were 14 ounce glasses but shaped to give the appearance they were still 16 ounce glasses by using thicker glass.
Is it a sign I drink too much beer that I can tell a 2 ounce difference between glasses???
This is no big deal. In Germany, beer is served in handsome glasses with exact measurement marked. It is to make sure that you are not short-changed a few drops. Believe me, they fill precisely to the line.
So wheres the problem? It is more important to know what you are drinking. Mainstream American beer is pretty poor. If you want to cut down on drinking (in order to lose weight, or to save money), drink good beer: it is worth drinking slowly, and then you do not drink so much. Good beer looks nice, and tastes and smells good. So why drink lite fizzy-piss, when you can get good beer if you look for it?
And if followed to the letter, each mixed drink would require its own unique set of lines depending on how heavy or light the bartender's hand is on a particular pour.
But is it required by law over there?
In Canada, we still observe the Imperial system of weights and measures for some vital statistics (e.g. the weight of a newborn, a serving of beer). However, an Imperial pint is 20 ounces*, while a U.S. pint is only 16 ounces*. Many pubs have taken to serving beer by the U.S. pint. It took me a while to catch on, because my hands aren’t as well calibrated as yours. Now, when I’m ordering a “pint”, I ask for the definition.
* Of course, it’s not that simple. A U.S. fluid ounce is bigger than an Imperial fluid ounce. An Imperial pint equals 1.2 US Pint. That’s 19.5 U.S. oz.
In a Germsn tavern, you are served in a glass with the volume measure line and each brewery has its own labeled glass. But it is absurd to think the limit lines are designed to reduce alcohol consumption. They are to prevent fraud by varying the thickness of the glass.
After reading all this I am totally confused. If this moronic idea ever gets to the US how many lines will I put on a Mason Jar?
Reminds me of either BRAVE NEW WORLD or 1984 in which a pub patron complains that the new measurement for beer glasses gives him either not enough or too much beer and he has to run to the restroom more often.
Remember the movie ON THE TOWN in which the three sailors take their girls to the night clubs and order beer?
The beers came out in a standard sized mug( on the outside), with a huge amount of glass in the bottom and about one inch of beer on top of it.
Does it account for establishments serving watered down drinks?
Nothing is too absurd if it gives The State one jot, one tittle, one iota more control.
They’d never keep their units straight if they were trying by alcohol-by-volume measurements, in such a case.