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17th June 2024

Politicians urged by CAMRA to guarantee punters a full measure on 200th Anniversary of the great British pint

Pubgoers’ group CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is calling on political parties to give their backing to a change in the law to guarantee drinkers a right to a full pint 

Monday 17th June marks 200th anniversary of the passing of the Weights & Measures Act 1824 which defined a pint in law in British and Irish law for the first time.

Consumer group CAMRA, which has around 150,000 members across the UK, is marking the occasion by calling on all political parties to commit to changing the law in the next Parliament to guarantee that punters get a full pint when they order one – meaning the head on a pint or half pint of beer wouldn’t be included in the total volume.

Recent studies by the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards found that 86% of beer was short measured, and current laws leave consumers no recourse if they’re refused a top up.

Commenting, CAMRA National Director Gillian Hough said:

“The pint of beer or cider is part of our culture and heritage across these islands and it is right that we mark the 200th anniversary of the pint being defined in law in Britain and Ireland for the first time by raising a glass to our great local pubs, social clubs, breweries and cider producers.

“But with too many consumers receiving short measures at the bar, CAMRA wants the next UK Government to introduce a legal right for pubgoers to receive a 100 per cent liquid pint each and every time they are served.

“This would give drinkers a guarantee of getting what they pay for when they are supporting local pubs and breweries and would be a fitting way to mark the 200th anniversary of the great British and Irish pint.”


Notes to editors:

The Weights and Measures Act 1824 was signed into law on 17 June 1824 and provided for a standard pint measurement for wine, beer, ale and spirits as one-eighth of a standard gallon across Britain and Ireland for the first time: ukpga_18240074_en.pdf (

More information about the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards’ investigation into short measures is available here: Over Two Thirds of UK Beer and Wine is Short Measured (

CAMRA’s General Election manifesto for beer and pubs, including changing the law to define a pint at 100% liquid, is available here: General Election 2024 – CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale

About CAMRA:

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 150,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

Media Contact:  

CAMRA Press Office:

01727 337863

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