A new survey pours cold water on claims by health campaigners that pubs are "super-sizing" their wine offers.
On Saturday, Royal College of Physicians president Ian Gilmore slated the industry for being "irresponsible" because many pubs now only serve wine in 175ml and 250ml glasses.
But a survey of 5,500 pubs and clubs by CGA showed less than one in four (23.5%) of pubs serve in the 250ml measure — up just 0.5% in one year. Nearly one in three (30%) venues still serve wine in 125ml glasses. Almost two thirds (62%) offer wine in 175ml glasses.
CGA wine category manager Mark Newton said: "This evidence does not back up the contention from the health lobby that venues are 'super-sizing' their wine offers without
giving their customers
the choice to opt for alternative (smaller) measures."
Meanwhile, a leading liver disease specialist has slammed fellow doctors for issuing "diktats" to pubs.
Dr John Crippen wrote on the website NHS Blog Doctor: "I am not happy to issue diktats to pubs about the size of glasses. I did not go into medicine to tell you how to run your life. I am frustrated by the Government's attempts to turn me into a medical Stalinist.
"Ian Gilmore should go back to his day job. This is not a job for doctors."