UK Toasts Safer Beer Glass
Shatter-proof pint glass aims to cut binge-drink violence
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2010 8:05 AM CST
British Home Secretary Alan Johnson holds two prototype pint glasses.   (AP Photo/PA, Stefan Rousseau)

(Newser) – The inventors of a new beer glass say they've found a way to cut the number of violent assaults by UK drinkers who've lifted too many pints—and used a broken one as a weapon. Taking their lead from shatterproof windshields, a team of designers added a resin coating to help hold shards together when glass breaks. There are said to be an estimated 87,000 glass attacks in Britain every year, costing about $4billion in health care costs.

"Having that weapon in your hand is an enormous part of why these injuries take place in the first instance," a government rep tells the Independent. "I hope these designs will bring an end to these attacks." The company behind the product, Design Bridge, says they plan to sell the glasses to pubs in the UK and around the world.



Next on Newser: Unemployment Falls to 9.7%
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
UK Toasts Safer Beer Glass is...
2%
10%
10%
6%
67%
6%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 8 comments
finkster
Feb 7, 2010 6:30 AM CST
Yes typical backward thinking...shatterproof glass will solve the problem of drunken behavior... they'll just go out and kill people with their cars. I don't see marijuana smokers doing the same kind of damage...unless their near a refrigerator.
DazednConfused
Feb 5, 2010 9:50 AM CST
"Having that weapon in your hand is an enormous part of why these injuries take place in the first instance," HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I put a weapon to my mouth every day then. oh sweet jesus, how havent I lost my head yet?
Timinator2K
Feb 5, 2010 3:47 AM CST
Yes, keep it old school.