Posted at 1:52 PM Dec 31, 2009By Andrea Grimes
My jaw is on the floor. I am literally bleeding out of my face because I ripped my jaw off and threw it on the floor because of this story. I will probably roll over it in my office chair in a second because I can't measure the distance between the chair rollers and the jaw that I ripped off my face and threw on the floor.
Women who drink at home are knocking back far more alcohol than they realise because they are hopeless at measuring units.
Research has found that women who pour wine often give themselves their recommended daily amount in just one glass. They are far worse than men at judging how much wine they can safely drink, the Department of Health study found.
The Daily Mail is no friend to women, but the content of this article is astoundingly sexist. They make absolutely no effort to tell us anything other than women are idiots. In fact, the article's lead premise--that women, uniquely, can't measure and always drink too much--doesn't seem to be supported by anything I can find in what the study in question actually said.
I am trying to understand this paragraph:
They are far worse than men at judging how much wine they can safely drink, the Department of Health study found. But men are much worse when it comes to pouring spirits - regularly giving themselves much more than a double shot. When people were asked to pour a single 25ml shot, the average amount poured was 38ml, with the highest a staggering 182ml.Okay, women can't judge how much wine they drink. Based on? We don't know. It's just a fact, people, so stop asking questions about research and methodology. And even though the lead of the damned article is about how women can't measure, "men are much worse when it comes to pouring spirits" and they constantly over-pour.
Let's review: women don't know when to stop drinking and over-pour because they are stupid, and this is going to be the big news. In fact, let's make the headline about women as "problem pourers" even though men over-pour more than women and nobody of any gender was able to figure out how much an actual shot was. Let's be really clear: this study found that everybody drinks too much and nobody can pour an accurate shot, but the news is going to be that women are shitty and stupid. Which is basically the underlying premise of every Mail article about women.
Ugh. Of course people pour themselves big drinks at home. Who wouldn't? English shots of alcohol are smaller than American shots (25ml in the UK, versus I believe 35ml here in the States), making the mixed drinks served in bars across the pond somewhat weaker. (Although most of the time, my experience was that my English friends just ordered doubles.) Why not take the opportunity of making your own drink to make it however you like?
I am going to drink a box of Franzia tonight in this article's honor. Is that too much? I don't know. I am but a woman.