If you’re worried about overindulging this holiday, you’ll want to take a look at your glass. More specifically, the shape of your glass. According to a study by the University of Bristol, the shape of a curved glass can dramatically increase the speed at which you drink. It’s been known that people have a hard time determining if there is more liquid in a short, wide glass than a tall, narrow one. If there are equal amounts in both, people tend to equate height with quantity, so they think there’s more in the tall glass.
So the researchers decided to see whether the shape of the glass can also affect how fast we drink alcohol. They found that their subjects finished a beer twice as fast when drinking from a curvy glass than from a straight-sided one. The researchers believe that this is because the curves make it harder to judge how much alcohol has been consumed. We use visual cues to know how much we’ve had to drink, but a curved glass makes that hard to determine. So, we underestimate how much we’ve hard to drink and drink more. So, if you’re counting calories this season, stick to a tall, straight glass for alcohol.
Do you Rockheads have any other holiday fitness tips? Let me know in the comments!