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Wine drinkers "penalised" for ordering smaller measures

Published:  17 October, 2008

Research by the Evening Standard newspaper concludes that drinkers are being penalised by pubs and bars when they order a small glass of wine.

The Evening Standard carried out a straw poll of pubs and bars in London and found 92% charged proportionately more for a 175ml glass than they did for a 250ml glass.

In the worst example, it found that a 175ml glass was £3.50, compared to a 250ml for £4.25. If the larger glass was priced at the same rate as the smaller one, said the newspaper, it would cost £5.

The research comes as the government considers a mandatory code of practice for the drinks industry which will determine how drinks are packaged, promoted and sold. The results of a consultation are due next month.

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