Drinkers down beer faster from a rounded glass
DRINKERS down alcohol at twice the speed when it is placed in a traditional rounded beer goblet, Bristol scientists say.
Experts at the University of Bristol say binge drinkers could control their pace by drinking alcohol from straight-sided glasses.
This could be because it is harder to accurately judge the halfway point of shaped glasses – meaning drinkers are less able to gauge how much they have consumed.
In a study, 160 social drinkers aged between 18 and 40 with no history of alcoholism were asked to drink lager or a soft drink from both rounded and straight glasses.
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Results showed they consumed their alcoholic drink 60 per cent slower from a straight glass in comparison to the curved "beer flutes".
Dr Angela Attwood, from the University of Bristol's School of Experimental Psychology, said the findings could help prevent binge drinking.
She said: "Due to the personal and societal harms associated with heavy bouts of drinking, there has been a lot of recent interest in alcohol control strategies.
"While many people drink alcohol responsibly, it is not difficult to have 'one too many' and become intoxicated. People often talk of 'pacing themselves' when drinking alcohol as a means of controlling levels of drunkenness, and I think the important point to take from our research is that the ability to pace effectively may be compromised when drinking from certain types of glasses."
The speed at which alcohol is drunk affects the level of intoxication experienced and the number of drinks consumed in one session.