Check out these curves

We churn through a whole lot of research here at the Health Unit, some fascinating, some banal.  There are many studies out there talking about alcohol consumption.   How many 64-year old grandmothers are drinking gin on Tuesday afternoons? – this information is out there just waiting to be discovered!

More seriously, when it comes to alcohol, we keep learning that small things lead to big changes in behaviour inside bars and at barbeques.  What I mean by that is we’ve recently learned of a study where they correlate the amount of alcohol consumed with the size and shape of the glass in which the booze is served.

I guess it’s only natural – when they give a monstrous glass, you might be likely to drink a little more like a monster.  

The new study also shows that a curved glass will induce quicker imbibing – almost twice as fast, actually.  What’s more, persons are less likely to know how much fluid is in a curved glass.

This makes sense too – the shape and weight of the glass is what helps you visually, physically and subconsciously understand how much drink you have, whether it be beer or a mixed concoction, and how much you have left.   If the glass distorts the standard drink, it subtly distorts your drinking behaviour.

This is why we here at the Health Unit are always extolling the virtue of knowing what a standard drink is, and how it helps you monitor your consumption.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

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

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