It's enough to make you splutter into your pint, particularly as a travelling South African when you're paying up to three pounds a pint. The UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has released a report stating that a quarter of all pints served there contain less than 95% of a full measure – costing pub regulars an estimated BP481-million a year, or BP1.3-million every day.

CAMRA's The Full Pints campaign surveyed 25 local authorities between December 2004 and January 2007 and revealed that "a shocking 26.6% of all pints served are over 5% short measure". The worst-case sampling, it added, fell 13% short of a full pint.
"It is a disgrace that up to a quarter of all pints served in the UK are less than 95% liquid when the consumer is paying for a full pint every time," says CAMRA chief Mike Benner. "Labour had promised to introduce legislation to end this unfair practice 10 years ago, and the continuing cost to beer drinkers from the government's inaction has now run into billions of pounds."
It would be interesting to see the results of a similar report in South Africa – especially around some of my locals. I know I have, on the odd occasion, had to grumble moodily about "short measures" to certain publicans who should know better!