Pour Judgment

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May 13, 2011

It's OK-even healthy-to have a drink a day, but make sure it's just one. When we asked a group of wine fans to pour themselves a glass of red or white as they would at home, most of them did pretty well (five ounces) when using a small (10-ounce and 12-ounce) glasses. But when testers were given a 28-ounce glass, nearly half of them over-poured by an average of two ounces. That's 40 percent more alcohol than a standard drink-a difference that tacks on 50 calories and can chip away at the one-a-day health payoffs. To get a just-right visual marker, fill a measuring cup with five ounces of water and pour it into your stemware. That's as far as you should go the next time you uncork-and keep that line in mind when you're sipping at a restaurant, where overly generous pours seem to have become the norm.

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