The Infamous Solo Cup

Sometimes the world-wide-web is well-informed, and sometimes…not so much.  If you’ve been to any school in the recent past, you might recall your teacher or professor telling you – check your sources.

I first found the image to the left on a website that may or may not be accurate. In fact, it’s a site dedicated to “promoting the mental & physical benefits and enjoyment of daily sex, coffee, cigars, and alcohol”.  Doesn’t sound too scientific, but let’s think on it for a moment.

Admittedly, there are substantiated cardiac and psychological health benefits to sex, while modest use of alcohol provides a mild protective factor for cardiac health and diabetes (though even modest use has other health implications). Tobacco use slowly destroys your health and seriously outweighs any perceived benefits. And we’ll leave coffee out of this discussion.

I notice the cup above, with its expansive ‘rings’.  Supposedly these are markings that coincide with measurements for volume. As such, they might assist serving staff in knowing how much is the right amount when they fill your glass. Or, they might help you at your next family barbeque, when you are guessing how much beer to serve Aunt Gina.

Unfortunately, this website posted the image without links or references, so we are left amused, but questioning its validity.  In fact, we are hereby accepting the photo above as a challenge of sorts.  We are going to get downright Newtonian here at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and we are going to find a cup akin (let us hope, identical) to the image above. We are going to measure the various volumes this cup can hold, relative to the rings, and once measured, we will gladly report our results here.

Until we return with these results, we suggest that there is always value in knowing how much you are consuming, be it wine, beer or spirits.  Furthermore, it’s important to know the alcohol percentages and the true volume of the alcohol you might ingest.  This is for protecting both your driver’s license AND your long-term health.  Stay tuned.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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