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Beer and wine are under-poured, warns Trading Standards

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Screenshot, Beer and wine drinkers are probably missing out on full glasses, ‘snapshot’ study finds

  • Author, Alex Phillips
  • Role, bbc news

More than two-thirds of pints of beer and glasses of wine served in UK pubs and bars contain less of the drink than they should, new research suggests.

A report published on Friday by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) found that 70% of the beer and wine it tested across the country was falling short.

He calculated that this meant that an average beer drinker lost around £88.40 a year, while a wine drinker lost around £114.40 a year.

Trading Standards urged pubs and bars to ensure they measure their drinks correctly.

The investigation comes as alcohol prices have risen rapidly in recent years.

According to the Office for National Statistics, alcohol prices rose by 6.1% last year. However, as inflation has slowed recently, it only rose 0.3% in the last month.

Labor MP Jess Phillips said the current cost of living crisis meant being given brief measures “adds salt to the wound”.

“Being able to afford to go out for a drink is not easy and you should get what you pay for,” he added.

CTSI found that if beer is measured small, it was on average 4% less than a full pint, while for wine it was on average 5% less than the standard 175ml glass.

The consumer body said that among the 137 drinks it tried in 77 pubs and bars, the drink served the least was purchased in Walsall, in the West Midlands, which was missing 15%, or 26ml.

Large deficits were also found in Belfast and Havering, east London.

CTSI spokesman Duncan Stephenson told the BBC it would not identify individual venues or chains that it had found over-serving drinks “because we don’t want to do that.”

He also said it was “difficult for us to say” whether there were particular parts of the UK where brief measures were likely to be more common, as the study was a “snapshot” with “a small sample size”.

CTSI has called for a broader investigation into the issue.

John Herriman, chief executive of CTSI, said he was “calling on the hospitality sector to ensure consumers get value for money by ensuring they correctly measure the drinks they serve to customers”.

But Emma McClarkin, chief executive of industry body British Beer and Pub Association and a former Conservative MEP, told the Mirror that landlords “in no way want to be accused of providing poor services to the millions of customers who enjoy visiting our pubs.” nation every week. “.

Out with their heads?

CTSI researchers measured sample beers on the basis that a pint was completely liquid, although there is an ongoing debate over whether foam should be counted as part of the pint.

When a 5% head (the industry standard for beer) was discounted, CTSI found that about a third of the beers it tested were still undersized.

The Campaign for Real Ale says consumers should have a legal right to an entirely liquid pint.

Its president, Nik Antona, said bettors were “within (their) right” to ask for a top-up if they found themselves short by more than 5%.

He added: “Consumers should not feel let down when they support their favorite pubs, social clubs and taverns.”

McClarkin said industry guidelines reflected the 95% liquid pint requirement and stated that consumers who wanted a smaller head in their beer “should always feel free to ask for a thinner pint and should never be turned away.”

A poll conducted on behalf of CTSI by Censuswide found that more people thought a head should not be counted as part of a pint than those who did (35% compared to 26%), although there was no clear majority on the issue .

The survey of 2,001 UK adults also found a generational divide over whether pubs and bars should be allowed to serve spirits without a measuring device: around half of those under 45 said they should, while 59% of those over 45 said they should. No.

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