Drink beer too quickly? Opt for straight glasses, not curved

If you find yourself finishing off pints long before your friends are ready for the next round, perhaps you should ask the person behind the bar for a straight glass.

Researchers from Bristol University’s Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group found that the shape of a glass can affect the speed at which we drink – and that straight glasses cause people to drink more slowly than curved ones.

Lead researcher Dr Angela Attwood and PhD student David Troy asked a group of 160 people to attend two sessions at local pubs, giving some participants a lager in a curved glass and others beer in a straight-sided glass. Those who had the straight glasses were 60 per cent slower to consume alcoholic beverages than those drinking from curved glasses.

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