Pubs and bars could be forced to offer smaller glass sizes under plans to tackle binge drinking being drawn up by ministers. Action against premises that offer the largest measure of wine and spirits as standard is one of the key elements of a package due to be announced this autumn. A recent survey found that 70% of licensed premises no longer offered customers the option of a 125ml glass, with 175ml standard in 75% of pubs and 14% using 250ml as standard. Ministers’ determination has been reinforced by a KPMG study, to be published next week, that is believed to have found widespread abuses of a voluntary code on responsible drink promotions. Proposals to make the voluntary code mandatory, requiring outlets to offer smaller glass sizes and banning cut-price drink, could be included in a consultation to be announced this autumn. The Times 19/07/08 page 3