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Tuesday 6 September 2022

Would a smaller wine glass mean you drink less wine?

Would drinking wine out of a smaller glass reduce the amount that you drink?

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge has found that the use of smaller glasses leads to a modest decline in overall wine consumption, The Drinks Business reported.

The study looked at a total of 260 households in the UK that said they drank wine on a regular basis.

The households were randomly given 290ml or 350ml glasses of wine from which to drink during a four-week period.

The study’s researchers found that wine consumption declined by 6.5% when the wine was served in smaller glasses.

The researchers also looked at the effect of drinking from half bottles (37.5cl) rather than full-size bottles, with the households spending two weeks drinking from each bottle size.

Wine consumption fell by 3.6% when the 37.5cl bottles were used, a decline researchers considered to be negligible.

While the difference in smaller glass size (290ml rather than 350ml) was described as not “statistically significant”, researchers did note that using “290ml v 350ml glasses may reduce consumption”.

The results were published in the journal Addiction, which focuses on, you guessed it, the study of addiction.

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