Untitled 1 Before you hit the bottle this holiday season,  lend Prof. Nutt your ears for 9 minutesProfessor David Nutt who was recently awarded the Nature/Sense About Science prize for standing up for science, this month gave a short talk at Bristol TEDx which might make you see alcohol under a new light. Beyond the fact below cited by Prof. Nutt I’m not going to give any spoilers so this post …

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A study published in PLoS ONE has found that people tend to drink 60% faster when they are drinking out of a round glass than when they drink out of a glass with straight edges. Participants also misjudged the halfway point of curved glasses to be lower than on straight glasses. This is something that hasn’t been researched before but that the drinks industry seems to have known for quite some time. Interestingly, the effect was only present in the alcohol condition (and not in the soft drink condition).

stella glasses Why you might be about to see a lot more round glasses in pubs

Somewhat amusingly, the researchers conclude:

“Glass shape appears to influence the rate of drinking of alcoholic beverages. This may represent a modifiable target for public health interventions.”

I’m fairly sure it will be the drink industry and not public health that will benefit from these findings, but we shall have to wait and see.


Attwood AS, Scott-Samuel NE, Stothart G, & Munafò MR (2012). Glass shape influences consumption rate for alcoholic beverages. PloS one, 7 (8) PMID: 22912776

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