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I suspect that, as so often, the surveyors or the Economist have confused cause with effect. Surely wine glasses have grown bigger because people are drinking more wine and because, with the increasing number of countries now producing decent wine, the price has dropped substantially. Now that I can get really tasty Malbecs and Cabernets in boxes from Chile and Argentina, the temptation is to drink more. Given that I haven't sunk to drinking wine direct from the bag since.college, a bigger glass helps.
Educated people might wonder why The Economist 'Data Team' would produce this sort of article for readership that is actually looking for articles on Macroeconomics, theory, and opinion pieces by real hacks?
Is this what the Copy Editor at The Economist accepts as copy fit for print at Christmastime to dumb down the masses?
Of course we all know that the owner of The Economist is likely preoccupied with drinking wine over the holidays rather than making sure that The Economist is publishing relevant articles that inform the readership of just how ignorant elite wealthy people are at Christmastime when they celebrate appropriating yet more wealth from the masses via Corporate Tax Breaks for the rich that own The Economist, and the Copy Editor.
Curfew shall not ring tonight, Mr. Snedrick!
Tiny glasses didn't stop Samuel Pepys drinking a pint of sherry at a sitting