Consumption of alcohol is becoming a real menace in public health domain. This has lead to several studies to help curb the vice. Some of the studies have been the focus on reasons behind high consumption of alcoholic beverages. In the UK, the latest study reveals that delusion that results from false impression of curved glass structure. This false impression is one the reasons that result to high alcoholic beverages consumption.
Alcohol Consumption and Crime
These studies are set to compliment various governments, and international legislation and efforts to bring down this alarming use of alcoholic drinks. The consequences of high intake of alcohol across the globe range from human health risks, negative economical impacts to high crime rate in various cities across the world. One of the countries affected by alcoholic consumption is England; high consumption of Binge in the UK is a worrying trend. University of Bristol top scholar and experimental Psychologist Angela Attwood confirm the relationship between binge drinking and increased criminal activities. This is a common occurrence in cities where these alcoholic drinks are drunk in large quantities.
Consequences of Alcohol on Human Health
As a public health problem global health policy organization, World Health Organization (WHO) confirms impact of abuse of alcohol on human health. Alcohol results to approximately 2.5 million deaths annually across the globe according to the current WHO reports, and it regarded the number 3 human killer. Despite of efforts of this global health organization effort, to curb high consumption of alcohol the efforts are met with numerous draw backs. Since most governments reap a lot of economic benefits from alcohol consumption, they are reluctant to adopt this alcohol control measures policies.
Study on High Alcohol Intake Based On Diverse Glass Shapes.
To compliment WHO efforts other interested parties have joined the battle of slowing down high alcoholic beverages. Top scholars like Angela Attwood and other public health specialists, psychologists and social researches have invested time, resources and academic research efforts to help the general public reduce on consumption of high quantities of alcohol.
One of the mysteries that have been unearthed by research effort is the deceit of beer glass based on the consumer false judgement. This has resulted to double intake of the standard unit of alcohol according to the U.K measurement unit. Attwood supposed the trick to be as a result of the beer glass; the glass has been designed and engineered to create an impression of the same beer level despite different quantities poured in to the glass. This is a mind boggling trick that required further studies to confirm this misfortunate happening that has fatal consequences.
To confirm the assumption by Attwood and her colleagues, they conducted a study employing the WHO certified test for hazardous drinking, referred to as AUDIT. The research team recruited volunteers from University of Bristol and the other divide of the society. The volunteers were divided into eight groups with each team comprising of 20 people. Each group was either given a glass of beer or soft drink; the glasses contained either approximately 177ml or 354ml, the gasses given out were of different shapes. The volunteers were subjected to a nature documentary watch as they drank freely in a relaxed environment, and the study was conducted in 2 sessions.
After the exercise, the researches watched the two session videos carefully and confirmed that:
- The group that were given full glass of beer in curved flute shaped glass drank fast and consistently.
- The group that used straight beer glass consumed an equivalent amount of 354mls took 13minutes while the other group, drinking from curved glass finished the alcoholic drink within 8 minutes consuming the same amount of beer.
- For the volunteers who consumed 177mls of beer using fluted glass and straight glass model, the research reveals there was no substantial deviation in the amount of alcohol consumed.
The researchers led by Attwood confirmed the ambiguity of curved glass in relation to the pace. Coupled with other studies, it is clear that fast pace consumption of beer is due to the curved beer glasses and other shapes purposefully designed to confuse beer consumers. Interestingly, even sober people calls find it difficult to different levels of alcohol volumes poured in to the glasses.
These studies revelation is worrying. Various government and international alcohol control and monitoring agencies need to enforce rules that will ensure beer glasses are marked. This is to help the beer consumers to be in full control of their drinking habits.