As a nation, we are currently drinking more wine than ever before. But, why?
According to a Cambridge scientist, it is because the size of wine glasses have increased by a significant margin in the past 300 years.
Theresa Marteau, director of the behavior and health research unit at Cambridge University, examined the differences between wine glasses used in the 18th century, 19th century and now.
Speaking at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Wales, she said: "There has been a gradual increase in capacity from 65 ml to 450 ml," reports
The scientist has into the issue by examining how different bars and restaurants sell their wine. They found that consumption of wine.volume purchased was almost 10% higher when sold in larger sized glasses concluding that the larger the glass, the larger the
Marteau said the same logic can be applied to food: The fact that food dishes have increased may be a contributing factor to the high levels of obesity in the UK.
"If we made sizes smaller for food tableware, for every occasion we encounter food the effects of size would be to reduce how much we consume by up to 16% in adults per day," she said.
So, there we have it. We can blame the tools!