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Concern over supersize drinks

11th April 2008

The Royal College of Physicians has warned that increasingly large pub measures are pushing customers towards unsafe levels of drinking.

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The alert follows figures which show that 14% of licensed premises now only sell wine in 250ml glasses, which is equivalent to a third of a bottle, while only 16% of bars say the 125ml measure is their standard size.

RCP President Ian Gilmore says the pub industry is acting irresponsibly and added: “There is no doubt at all that many people are drinking significantly more than they realise.

“People are aware of units, they want to stay within safe limits, but they are being pushed up way over those limits by just not realising what they are drinking.?

He wants to industry now to “put its house in order? over the measures issue.

A majority of licensed premises say 175ml is their new standard measure and several have also increased the spirit measure from 25 to 35ml and offer doubles as standard.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association said it felt customers should be offered a choice of different wine glass sizes while the British Beer and Pub Association said the larger glasses were a result of public demand after drinkers felt they were being “short-changed? when sold wine in 125 ml measures.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Greg Mulholland has introduced a bill in the House of Commons to force all bars, pubs, clubs and licensed restaurants to offer the 125ml measure. People should have a choice of measures, he said.

 

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