Friday, February 05, 2010

Next Up: Nerf Bar Stools

Boston Globe: Britons toast to new shatterproof pint glasses

LONDON - Soon Britons will be able to get smashed at the pub while their pint glasses will not.

The shatterproof pint glass was proudly unveiled by the government yesterday. Officials swore the country would save billions in health care costs by coming up with a glass that does not double as a lethal weapon.

But no officials talked about changing the British binge drinking culture at the root of the problem.

Nor, are they willing to talk about the runaway nanny state culture of a government that treats its subjects like children incapable of making their own behavioral choices, and then feigns surprise when they act as, well, children incapable of making their own behavioral choices.

There are about 87,000 alcohol-related glass attacks each year, with many resulting in hospital visits, Home Secretary Alan Johnson said as he introduced the two prototype shatterproof pint glasses.


Britain estimates that attacks from broken pint glasses cost the National Health Service roughly $4.3 billion per year.

Once you've reached that tipping point where slicing up the face of the guy next to you at the bar with a broken glass no longer crosses over into socially unacceptable behavior - and actually becomes a desired goal - are you honestly going to let a shatterproof bar glass prevent you from bringing harm to that person?