Wine drinkers urged to drop a glass size
MIDDLE-CLASS wine drinkers are being targeted in the latest attempt to reduce alcohol consumption.
By Greg Christison
Nov 25, 2015
The scheme, launched yesterday, will see wine drinkers offered 125ml glasses instead of the usual options of 175ml or 250ml measures.
It will initially be trialled by more than 100 licensed premises in East Dunbartonshire – which includes upmarket Glasgow suburbs Lenzie, Milngavie and Bearsden – but could be rolled out further, if successful.
It comes after a YouGov survey revealed 70 per cent of adults do not know how much wine is in a small, medium or large glass. Research also found nearly half opted for a large glass, which can contain more than three units of alcohol.
Pubs, restaurants and hotels will participate in the initiative, set up by the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership.
Speaking at a launch event in Milngavie, public health minister Maureen Watt said: “The Scottish Government is committed to changing Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol.”
Meanwhile, police in Edinburgh warned the balance between the number of pubs and public safety was on a “knife-edge” as new figures for April to October reveal violent crime in the Capital has risen from 404 in the same period last year to 420.
Chief Superintendent Mark Williams said: “There’s no doubt alcohol’s availability and its over-provision links to a whole host of concerns. That includes violent crime, road safety, s—— offences and antisocial behaviour.
“It’s really important, as a city, we have a conversation about what we think is acceptable and how we best maintain a balance between economic vitality and the safety and wellbeing of the public and visitors.
“My concern is that balance is on a knife-edge.”