U.K. Ban on Drinks in Glass Urged

LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Britain’s pubs and restaurants should serve alcohol in plastic glasses and bottles to reduce the injury toll from violent attacks, a researcher says.

Alasdair Forsyth from the Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence told a conference that the use of glass as a weapon could be eliminated, the BBC reported Friday.

Some estimates put the cost of glass-related violence to the National Health Service, police and courts at more than $160 million a year, the BBC said.

“Milk is commonly sold in cartons, soft drinks in plastic and hot drinks in ceramics,” Forsyth said.

“The one category of drink still commonly sold or served in glass vessels is alcohol, paradoxically the only beverage type associated with an increased risk of accidents and serious violence,” he said.

Another researcher said he favored focusing on the worst “hotspots” for alcohol-related violence over a full ban on glass containers.

“This is not so much a problem of restaurants or pubs in leafy suburbs, but mainly in the licensed premises or on the streets of busy city centers,” Jonathan Shepherd from the Cardiff University Violence and Society Research Group said.

A spokesman for the alcoholic drinks industry agreed.

“While we recognize glassing injuries are a serious issue, what is needed is a proportionate response,” Jeremy Beadles of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association said.

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