Tall glasses reduce over-indulgence

Here's a handy tip for cocktail receptions: Use tall glasses. According to a study in the British Medical Journal (as reported by ZDNet):

    researchers from Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have shown that short glasses are more likely to lead to over-indulgence. In fact, people pour 20-30 percent more alcohol into short, wide glasses than into tall, narrow ones of the same volume. The researchers obtained similar results with students and professional bartenders.

(Thanks to Slashdot for the pointer.)

Update: According to my Capsules co-blogger Anne Taylor-Vaisey, this is a hoax article, one of many BMJ runs in its annual Christmas issue. But boy, it sure looked real to me. I'll have to do some experimenting of my own.

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