People are boozing it up more than ever and British researchers think they have a handle on one reason why: Wine glasses have steadily gotten bigger.
They looked at wine glass sizes over the centuries, including a peek at the British royal household’s crystal service, and found a steady increase. Wine glass sizes started really ballooning in the 1990s, they found.
“As we approach the culturally legitimized deviancy of festive drinking, we suggest that size does matter: look at the wine glass in your hand,” Theresa Marteau, professor of behavior and health at Cambridge University, and colleagues wrote.
“We sought to measure the capacity of glasses used for unfortified wine (excluding sparkling wines) with a stem and foot that have been available or sold in England from 1700 to 2017,” they wrote, adding that they contacted museums, retailers and other sources.
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