Here's a handy tip for cocktail receptions: Use tall glasses. According to a study in the British Medical Journal (as reported by ZDNet):
(Thanks to Slashdot for the pointer.)
Update: According to my Capsules co-blogger Anne Taylor-Vaisey, this is a hoax article, one of many BMJ runs in its annual Christmas issue. But boy, it sure looked real to me. I'll have to do some experimenting of my own.