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.

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