Beer in Curved Glasses Consumed Faster than Straight, Study Shows

Angela Ayles
by Angela Ayles | August 31, 2012 @ 1:41 pm | 0 

Want to make your beer last longer? Drink it out of a straight glass. That’s the message academic students from Bristol University’s school of experimental psychology is sending after study results show drinkers consume beer faster when they’re served in curved glasses.

Study results show “it took on average nearly 12 minutes for those who took part to down 12 fl oz of lager (a little over half a pint or a third of a litre) from a straight glass. But from a curved glass it took seven minutes. There was hardly any difference if the alcohol was replaced with a soft drink.”

The study analyzed 160 social drinkers aged 18-40 with no history of alcoholism. The subjects were given beer in either a straight or curved glass as they watched a documentary.

It’s believed that drinkers attempt to pace themselves by stopping or slowing down at the halfway point. The problem is, the halfway point is considerably more difficult to determine when drinking out of a curved glass.

Study leader Angela Attwood explains, “People often talk of pacing themselves when drinking alcohol as a means of controlling levels of drunkenness, and I think the important point to take from our research is that the ability to pace effectively may be compromised when drinking from certain types of glasses.”

Do you believe curved glasses make you drink faster?