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THE GUARDIAN

"The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said the lost liquid costs drinkers around £481m every year. It is calling on the government to bring in legislation requiring licensees to serve full pint measures."

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THE TELEGRAPHY

"officers were shocked to find that almost 90per cent of the pints of beer ordered were short measure, with the worst pint having a shortfall of up to 11.8per cent
-effectively a £0.40p overcharge on each pint of beer."

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if you get anything other than a positive reaction from the barman
or pub management...dont argue...just report it to:

https://www.tradingstandards.uk/consumers/support-advice

The law

In the UK, draught beer must be sold by reference to quantity and normally in quantities of half a pint or multiples of a half pint. It is one of the few imperial measures that are still allowed to be used following metrication some time ago.
The normal quantity of beer asked for in pubs across the UK is a pint which is measured into a pint glass that bears a stamp to show it is an accurate measure.
Most pubs use what are termed brim measures – this means that they contain a pint when full to the top.
A few pubs may still use glasses that are called line measures – these are slightly over-sized glasses that have a line near the top to show the level of one pint.
Even fewer pubs may use what are called ‘beer measuring instruments’ that accurately dispense beer into a glass in multiples of a half pint.
One of the problems with using a brim measure for the sale of beer is that it is virtually impossible to get a full pint of liquid due to the frothy head that is formed when the beer is dispensed into a glass.
Over the years, the generally accepted norm is that a pint containing a minimum 95% liquid and 5% head is OK.
However, this is a legally complex area and if you ask for a pint, perhaps you should really expect to get a full pint of liquid.
As part of this project, a legal opinion has been obtained from experts. In an ideal world, all pubs would be required by law to use line measures, making it far easier to get a full pint of liquid.
However, no such legislation currently exists and pubs can legally use brim measures.