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125ml Glass Of Wine

125ml Glass Of Wine

Why can’t we be more like this when we’re out? The answer is that we can. We just don’t always realise it. Ever since October 1 2010, alcohol retailers have been obliged by law to offer customers a choice of small measures of beer, cider, spirits and wine. For still wine, this means that anyone who wants one has the right to ask for a 125ml, serve – and get it. (This is still going to be more than one alcoholic unit unless you are drinking wine with an abv of 8% or less, by the way.) The power to demand this comes from a code of practice introduced in April 2010 as an extension to the Licensing Act of 2003, and containing five mandatory conditions for the sale of alcohol. As well as banning ”women drink for free’’ promotions, it enshrines your right to free tap water and obliges the licensee to make the customer aware that small measures are available. In practice this often means a tiny line on the bar list stating that this is the case. At least in theory it does. Sometimes, the licensee appears not to be aware of these mandatory conditions. Often, you’ll ask for a 125ml glass of wine and find the person serving you thinks this is highly irregular and that the measure can only be achieved by pouring you a larger one and suggesting you only drink part of it or that he or she throws part of it away for you. Not exactly the idea. Following a consultation, in July last year the Government said that its next steps would be to make these mandatory licensing conditions “more effective and consistently implemented”. It says it will require on-trade premises to make customers aware of the possibility of the 125ml glass of wine – and other smaller measures – by listing the price on menus and bar blackboards alongside other measures. Also, if you ask simply for “a glass” then the onus will be on the barman to make sure you know what the choice is. So let this be the beginning of demanding the 125ml measure that is your right (and jolly useful for trying out more than one wine, too), and of drinking as much or as little as you want to. I mostly find that if you know you can have another glass, it’s so much easier to say, “No thank you.”
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125ml Glass Of Wine

Do you remember the 125ml glass of wine? It used to be the standard measure. Then we started supersizing our coffee in vast paper vats, and tottering into the cinema toting great caber-sized canisters of fizzy drink. Standard started to look small: the 125ml wine glass became a rarity. Suddenly, almost everywhere you went, “small” had become 175ml, “large” 250ml – which means you’ve drunk two thirds of a bottle if you have just a couple of drinks – and the lovely, civilised 125ml glass was no more.
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125ml Glass Of Wine

Just one large glass of wine can put you over the low risk unit guidelines. To stay on track, try these top tips:1. Mind your measures If you’re used to drinking large glasses of wine, swap those cavernous 250ml wine glasses for 125ml ones – in the pub and at home. Remember to check the volume too. Wines with higher ABV have more alcohol.
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Why can’t we be more like this when we’re out? The answer is that we can. We just don’t always realise it. Ever since October 1 2010, alcohol retailers have been obliged by law to offer customers a choice of small measures of beer, cider, spirits and wine. For still wine, this means that anyone who wants one has the right to ask for a 125ml, serve – and get it. (This is still going to be more than one alcoholic unit unless you are drinking wine with an abv of 8% or less, by the way.)
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Large wine glasses hold 250ml, which is one third of a bottle. It means there can be nearly three units or more in just one glass. So if you have just two or three drinks, you could easily consume a whole bottle of wine – and almost three times the government’s unit guidelines – without even realising. Smaller glasses are usually 175ml and some pubs serve 125ml. 
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Following a consultation, in July last year the Government said that its next steps would be to make these mandatory licensing conditions “more effective and consistently implemented”. It says it will require on-trade premises to make customers aware of the possibility of the 125ml glass of wine – and other smaller measures – by listing the price on menus and bar blackboards alongside other measures. Also, if you ask simply for “a glass” then the onus will be on the barman to make sure you know what the choice is.
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At least in theory it does. Sometimes, the licensee appears not to be aware of these mandatory conditions. Often, you’ll ask for a 125ml glass of wine and find the person serving you thinks this is highly irregular and that the measure can only be achieved by pouring you a larger one and suggesting you only drink part of it or that he or she throws part of it away for you. Not exactly the idea.
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So let this be the beginning of demanding the 125ml measure that is your right (and jolly useful for trying out more than one wine, too), and of drinking as much or as little as you want to. I mostly find that if you know you can have another glass, it’s so much easier to say, “No thank you.”
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And in more than eight out of ten cases (84per cent), it is cheaper to buy the 250ml glass than two 125ml glasses. In one instance ‘doubling up’ cost just 30p, says the report by Direct Line Car Insurance.
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Find out exactly how many calories you’re drinking with our Unit and Calorie calculator.A standard glass of red or white wine (175ml) with 13% ABV could also contain up to 160 calories, similar to a slice of Madeira cake. Often when sharing wine, we assume we’re drinking less calories but a bottle of 13% ABV wine shared between two could mean you are consuming 340 calories each, that’s the equivalent of a chocolate croissant each.Find out how many calories you’re consuming with our Unit and Calorie Calculator and take look at our top tips on how to use up leftover wine once you’ve opened the bottle.
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Alcohol content is also expressed as a percentage of the whole drink. Look on a bottle of wine or a can of lager and you’ll see either a percentage, followed by the abbreviation ‘ABV’ (alcohol by volume), or sometimes just the word ‘vol’. Wine that says ‘13 ABV’ on its label contains 13% pure alcohol.The alcoholic content in similar types of drinks varies a lot. Some ales are 3.5%. But stronger continental lagers can be 5% or even 6% ABV. Same goes for wine where the ABV of stronger ‘new world’ wines from South America, South Africa and Australia can exceed 14% ABV, compared to the 13% ABV average of European wines.
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2. Tackle your triggers If you always have a glass of wine to celebrate a good day at work, or commiserate a bad one, try doing something else instead. An alcohol-free dinner out makes a feel-good treat, while a gym session is a great way to relieve stress
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But there’s still the matter of glasses of wine that are bigger than I’d like. Not just the ones you have to gulp to get to the end of in a theatre interval, but at any time. At home I go for really small pours – you can always have another if you want to, so much nicer – like the ones you get in France, Spain or Italy, where no one seems to suffer from the terror that if they empty their glass no one will ever refill it again.
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4. Treat yourself Trade up to a special bottle of wine that’s expensive enough to encourage you to savour it over a few days, rather than down it all in one night. This way, you’ll space out the units you’re consuming.
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Well, I’m here to tell you that it is back. And that this is a good thing. And before you think your wine correspondent – the one person you can rely on not to do this sort of thing – is going all preachy-abstemious on you in January, let’s be clear about one thing from the off. I don’t believe in not doing anything. It’s too joyless, too draining, too restraining. Plus, I don’t like being told “no”, even if the person doing the telling is me. So, I’m against diets (except on medical grounds) but pro healthy food; against not staying out too late but pro sneaking home for a blissful early night. As for not drinking in January… well, at least having a ”dry January’’ is a better way of putting it, although the very idea still makes me want to pour myself a quadruple gin. For breakfast.