Now they want to regulate our drinking glasses

October 5th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

UK researchers have studied the shape of drinking glasses. Their conclusion is:

Our data indicate that the shape of a drinking glass influences the rate of drinking of an alcoholic beverage, but not a non-alcoholic beverage. Specifically, alcoholic beverages were consumed more slowly from a straight glass than a curved glass when a full glass was presented.

Naturally we need to be protected from ourselves, so they recommend legislators look at regulating drinking glasses. First they complain:

Other restrictions on availability, such as increased drinking age, reduced hours and days when may be purchased, and reduced number, density and type of outlet, have also been shown to reduce consumption levels [1]. Unfortunately, despite evidence for the effectiveness of these control measures and apparent public support for implementation targeted controls [7], most governments have been unwilling to adopt many or all of them [8].

That’s because not all alcohol consumption is bad.

Anyway they come up with a new regulatory idea:

There may be other potentially modifiable factors which may influence alcohol consumption and drinking rate. These might  include marketing signals (i.e., branding), and vehicles for these signals such as the glasses from which beverages are consumed.

So they’re effectively saying Governments could regulate the design of glasses, banning curved glasses as people drink more quickly from them!

What we’re seeing over time is all the measures that have been implemented or proposed for tobacco, getting extended to alcohol and then fast food.

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21 Responses to “Now they want to regulate our drinking glasses”

  1. Pete George (21,828 comments) says:

    Specifically, alcoholic beverages were consumed more slowly from a straight glass than a curved glass when a full glass was presented.

    This doesn’t allow for real life usage.

    People drink more slowly from a coconut with a hole drilled in it than they do from a straight edged glass. Should all drinks be served in coconuts?

    People commonly drink wine from curved glasses, but anyone with any sense about drinking wine knows to not fill the glass more than 1/3 to 1/2 full (should be 1/3). It is rare to be presented with a full curved glass of wine in a bar or restaurant. So the non problem has solved itself.

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  2. Manolo (12,641 comments) says:

    There is no limit to the imbecility of these “studies”.

    Given the righ amount of money these fuckwits will write and say whatever the organ-frinder wants. Of course, the wowsers claim this is “science”.

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  3. youami (45 comments) says:

    First they came for the smokers…

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  4. JeffW (303 comments) says:

    It is always about tax. If governments did not have so much money to waste on such stupid studies, and no bureaucrat to receive such a report and to contemplate wasting more money on implementing it, such rubbish wouldn’t see the light of day. Tax is the enemy of freedom.

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  5. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    This is why, even though I am a rampant anti smoker, I am vehemently against the measures imposed by those who would ban it. Because once that battle is won, what will they turn to next? I don’t like smoking and don’t like hanging around people who smoke. If you want to smoke, so be it, just don’t do it around me.

    Who remembers the Stallone movie “Demolition Man” where the society was ruled over by a man who had decreed that anything that was not good for you, was therefore bad for you, and therefore banned. No smoking, swearing, drinking or bad language, and no sex. We all have our own idea of utopia, and I’m pretty sure mine has Beer and women in it!

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  6. Weihana (4,475 comments) says:

    youami (41) Says:
    October 5th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    First they came for the smokers…

    I think you mean, first they came for the opium dens.

    http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/2010/02/Publication_143_455_Part_6_IP16%20Chapter%2004%20-%20Controlling%20and%20Regulating%20Drugs.pdf

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  7. TheContrarian (1,043 comments) says:

    Every bar should have a 100 person limit. You walk in the door, they tie your hands together before being shoved face first into a giant trough filled with beer, wine and Metaxa. After drinking your fill the bouncers pull you up and say “Had enough, booze hound?” The most coherent get untied and let loose into the bar. Failures get roughed up and tossed aside, marked as ‘unworthy’.

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  8. simonway (356 comments) says:

    This doesn’t allow for real life usage…. People commonly drink wine from curved glasses

    Hey Pete George, guess how I know you didn’t read the paper?

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  9. Steve (North Shore) (4,327 comments) says:

    Way to go Contrarian!

    Hope there is sawdust on the floor to soak up all of the spew, and a few spitoons around :)

    We’ll show these young bastards how to drink piss

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  10. Steve (North Shore) (4,327 comments) says:

    Nek minut my cask will be plain cardboard with a “Red” or “White” label. By that I mean coloured stickers.
    Bit like voting – Red or Blue or Green or Black or Yellow. Is there a Pink?

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  11. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    What we’re seeing over time is all the measures that have been implemented or proposed for tobacco, getting extended to alcohol and then fast food.

    Yes, and they are all effective to various degrees.

    In fact, the main problem I see with this research is that pubs currently providing straight glasses will swap to the curved ones, so maybe the government should act sooner rather than later.

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  12. Manolo (12,641 comments) says:

    Lucy, you’re getting soft. Harden up, comrade.

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  13. Reid (15,594 comments) says:

    Yes, and they are all effective to various degrees.

    If Stalinist, but that’s never seemed to worry you lefties, has it Luc.

    Why is that?

    Yes, I know it’s “the cause” and you really hate McDonalds because it’s a large evil faceless corpowate, but why don’t you do something about the sun, as well? After all, that’s evil too based on the harm it causes. Why don’t you guys insist all the ladies wear 1920′s style full-length bathing costumes? Or is that the secret policy, for the next election?

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  14. MH (558 comments) says:

    if the barman poured yer beer into a sniffer or cocktail glass yer’d want to down it quicker. People start to talk about these sort of habits. As they say- Blokes who drink from straight glasses don’t get male advances.

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  15. Left Right and Centre (2,397 comments) says:

    Lunacy.

    I’ve read about optical illusions with glasses and different shapes with equal volumes appear bigger and smaller… that’s all well and good.

    But… making rules that your glass has to be a certain shape? Ridiculous.

    When adademia goes bad. Reminds me of Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale who advocate a petless society as pets leave a pesky carbon footprint. I mean, it *would* reduce resources used, yeh. But people like having Fluffy and Rover around. It’s not going to happen, is it?

    In Wellington a bar serves drinks in jam jars. If people drink less from a jam jar than glasses, we could all soon find ourselves drinking out of them. That would be a good look at Logan Brown, wouldn’t it? Better still, how about serving drinks in a sipper bottle? Harder to skull from one of those, eh?

    A lot of the time the academics just keep themselves in a job, journalists in a job and it’s a lot of noise you don’t need to heed.

    Good luck making laws about what people are allowed to eat!! Anyone seen rebel parents handing illicit banned junk food over school perimeters to their deprived offspring? Don’t mess with food rights!!

    And can someone please teach me how to add the grey reply quote with the vertical grey line? Don’t sit there bloody laughing at me mate… help me!!!!!

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  16. Reid (15,594 comments) says:

    And can someone please teach me how to add the grey reply quote with the vertical grey line?

    [blockquote]text[/blockquote]

    but of course use the left/right arrow keys not the square brackets to enclose the quote.

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  17. Colville (1,780 comments) says:

    I recommend Riedel sommeliers series Bordeaux glasses for every beverage.
    They are so expensive you cant afford to get pissed and break one!

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  18. Left Right and Centre (2,397 comments) says:

    Let’s see if this works…..

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    but of course use the left/right arrow keys not the square brackets to enclose the quote.

    A thousand thank yous kind comment poster Reid…. may you forever receive your statistically unlikely favourable share of green traffic lights….

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  19. Johnboy (13,424 comments) says:

    Glasses should be straight tapered from a large bottom diameter to a very small top diameter so the pissheads would have trouble getting their mouths round them and would tend to drop them after a couple of drinks thereby imbibing less grog before being tossed out for smashing glasses.

    Seems logical to me! :)

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  20. cha (3,540 comments) says:

    Taxi!

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  21. wynkie (85 comments) says:

    It will never happen.

    The researchers clearly have no sense of wine appreciation nor Reidel Crystal wine glasses

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