Size does matter, at least when it comes to how much your wine glass holds. A recent study shows that when people drink out of larger glasses, they drink more at a faster pace.
You may have experienced this before while drinking with friends. Your BFF hands you a large wine glass – much larger than one you’d be served at a bar – and fills it up. You drink it much faster than you would if she had given you a smaller glass. Maybe it’s because you don’t want it to get warm, or maybe it’s because you know there is more to come.
Either way, there is something about holding that larger glass that makes you drink quicker and then want more. For affordable alcohol rehab Raleigh NC services, call Legacy Freedom.
The Size Of Wine Glass Matters
Research on this phenomenon published earlier this year in BMC Public Health confirmed that people do drink more when they have a larger glass. In fact, there was a 9.4 percent increase in sales of wine when larger glasses were given to customers. The study concluded that the size of a glass influenced a person’s perception of portion size and the amount poured.
The study was conducted over 16 weeks in a restaurant in England. Researchers alternated the glass sizes, using an 8.4 oz. small glass, a standard size of 10.1 oz., and the largest size, which held 12.5 oz. The amount served before the study was 5.9 oz.
In most cases, the actual amount of wine was the same. The size of the glass was the only change they made. Researchers theorize that when we see less in a wine glass we may be tempted to drink it faster so that we can order another.
Dr. Rachel Pechey, the lead author of the study, said that increasing the size of the glass, even when they did not increase the amount of wine, made people drink more.
“It’s not obvious why this should be the case, but one reason may be that larger glasses change our perceptions of the amount of wine, leading us to drink faster and order more,” she said. “But it’s interesting that we didn’t see the opposite effect when we switched to smaller wine glasses.”
Although people did not drink less when using a smaller glass, researchers concluded that glass size could help to reduce excessive consumption.
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Studies have shown that some wine can be good for you because it reduces risk of heart disease. Red wine has antioxidants that increase levels of “good” cholesterol, which protect against artery damage. Dietary guidelines say that a moderate amount of alcohol, which equals one drink a day for women and up to two for men, is fine and can have beneficial effects.
However, overindulgence in alcohol can be problematic. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol abuse (NIAAA) reported that alcohol causes over 200 diseases and injuries associated with drinking. Long-term excessive drinking can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, and has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, pancreatitis and damage to the nerves.
Drinking can also be linked to depression. Alcohol can worsen symptoms for someone already suffering from depressive disorders. Some people suffering from psychological disorders may use alcohol to self-medicate, which causes them to get caught up in a cycle that is hard to break out of because alcohol is a depressant and will only exacerbate symptoms. After the initial buzz of drinking goes away, the person can be left feeling even worse.
Drinking too much also leads to bad decisions such as driving while impaired or engaging in unsafe behavior such as having unprotected sex or getting into fights. Every year almost 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes, according to statistics from the NIAAA. It is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Nearly 10,000 people died in driving accidents related to drinking in 2014.
Excessive drinking also leads to addiction. According to the NIAAA, over 16 million adults in the U.S. had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2014. Men made up 10.6 million and 5.7 were women. An estimated 679,000 kids aged 12-17 had an AUD.
The results of the study could be used to address excessive alcohol consumption, which is a public health problem. Researchers suggest that the study results be used to regulate glass sizes in restaurants and bars. Because people who drank out of regular or smaller sized glass consumed less, regulations could be put into place that limit the size a bar could use to serve patrons.
Theresa Marteau, the director of the unit who conducted the study, said of the relationship between glass size and consumption, “We need more research to confirm this effect, but if it is the case, then we will need to think how this might be implemented. For example, could it be an alcohol licensing requirement that all wine glasses have to be below a certain size?”
For those at home, being mindful of the size of your wine glass can help reduce the chance of drinking too much too quickly, which can help keep you and your guests safe.
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