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Angela Attwood and colleagues publish PLoS ONE paper on glass size and drinking rate

31 August 2012

High levels of alcohol consumption and increases in heavy episodic drinking are a growing public concern, and have led to a debate on whether the price and availability of alcohol should be subject to increased regulation

High levels of alcohol consumption and increases in heavy episodic drinking are a growing public concern, and have led to a debate on whether the price and availability of alcohol should be subject to increased regulation.  In a paper published in the journal PLoS ONE, Angela Attwood and colleagues from the School of Experimental Psychology have shown that the shape of the glass that contains an alcoholic drink affects the rate at which people drink from it.  This work suggests a simple and cost-effective way of slowing the rate of individuals' alcohol consumption, and has already received considerable media attention (see links below)

Attwood AS, Scott-Samuel NE, Stothart G, Munafò MR (2012) Glass Shape Influences Consumption Rate for Alcoholic Beverages. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43007. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043007

 

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/08/drinking-too-much-blame-your-gla.html

http://www.economist.com/node/21561110

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