The Market Place, a 6 year old bar situated near Oxford Circus, launched Measure Up yesterday. This is a (working) week-long initiative running through to Friday 13th June 2008 to make their customers more aware of the number of units they consume whilst at the bar.
An initiative that the industry should perhaps replicate on a more permanent basis? On beer mats?
The Market Place will place on the glass or bottle of every alcoholic drink served during the Measure Up Week that specifies the number of units in the drink. Although no mention is made of the recommended maximum units for men and women.
But sensible drinking is the key . The owner of Market Place, Richard Bigg, explains:
We may be in the business of selling booze, and essentially rely on the drinking public’s desire to keep drinking, but we say little and often! Binge drinking isn’t good for anyone, and you only have to look to the Mediterranean to see how right they’ve got it: people live longer and with healthier hearts because they have a good diet and drink a glass or two of wine with most meals, food being key to slow down the absorption rate. Very rarely will you see a Spanish person intoxicated. We’re not trying to launch a policing exercise or an AA clinic, but how many people actually know how many units they consume in an evening? We value our customers and want them to be aware of the facts and ultimately live longer, sustainable lives!”
Customers will also be invited to choose what size drink they want rather than automatically be served the larger option by bar staff
In short a bar being-active in helping to educate their customers by making them more aware of their alcohol unit consumption.
The Department of Health advises that men should not regularly drink more than 3 – 4 units of alcohol per day, and women should not regularly drink more than 2 – 3 units of alcohol per day. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol. The list below shows the number of units of alcohol in common drinks:-
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