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Call for half wine bottles

29th February 2008

The deputy editor of the British Medical Journal has said that drinkers in Britain could be drinking too much because they are sold wine in "large bottles".


Trish Groves of the BMJ said that selling half-bottles of wine at a less expensive rate and making them easier to find could help to stop over-drinking.

In the UK, wine makes up over a quarter (28.8%) of all alcohol purchased. A recent survey by the North West Public Health Observatory at Liverpool John Moores University showed that wealthy areas such as Guildford and Harrogate came near the top of the table for dangerous drinking.

Ms Groves commented that following recommendations for drinking was difficult once a full-sized bottle of wine had been opened.

"It's all too tempting to finish the bottle there and then to avoid waste," she said.

"Coupled with the news that wine is getting stronger, it's no wonder Britain's middle classes are getting wasted."

She added that on the continent it was easy to buy half-bottles of wine, but in Britain most people bought full-sized bottles. She said her supermarket sold plenty of "attractive" full-sized bottles of wine, but it only provided three types of wine in a half-bottle size, and they were expensive and difficult to find.

A spokesman for Alcohol Concern said: "the public needs to be more aware of exactly how much alcohol they are drinking, and mandatory labelling would help."


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