Researchers at the University of Bristol believe the shape of beer glasses affects the speed people drink and that curvy glassware makes pacing yourself harder.
Data from the largest alcohol treatment trial in Britain is used to address possibly the most contentious issue in the field – whether services should offer moderation as well as abstinence goals to dependent clients.
Accurate information about alcohol consumption is needed in order to monitor trends, and to understand the role that consumption plays in relation to working life and to health. However, drinking is under-reported in general population surveys, because reported drinking accounts for only 40 to 60% of alcohol sales.
Aiming for moderation rather than total abstinence has been shown to be an appropriate goal for some problem drinkers, especially for those who are less severely dependent. But what is the best way to help people to moderate their drinking? Professor Nick Heather and colleagues carried out a randomised-clinical trial to compare two very different approaches.