Why Not Drink from the Keg?

The National Health Service (NHS) considers the traditional, pint-sized beer mugs favored by English pubs, a health hazard. The NHS identified about 87,000 violent incidents each year, where drunken patrons smash a glass mug against another patron’s head or break a beer glass to use the jagged edges as a weapon in a pub brawl. The NHS’s cost to treat bar-related beer glass injuries: $4.3 billion per year. The NHS’s solution: safety glass beer mugs made with glass similar to how auto safety glass is made for windshields.

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  1. Larry C. says:

    Just shows that bureaucrats look after their own interests.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Good thinking on their part.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    If your car’s windshield is made from safety glass. And your beer glass is made from safety glass. I hope this doesn’t make people think it’s OK to drink and drive while drinking from one of the NHS’s new safe beer glasses.

  4. Bruce says:

    I like Devon’s idea: drink from the keg.

  5. Virginia says:

    It’s amazing that people have to be “protected” from their own beer mugs. Come on people! Why not let the government regulate your drinking habits?

    But I suppose that if the government is footing the bill for your stiches, the government ought to have a say in the behavior that caused you to be in the emergency room in the first place.

    (As a side note: I wonder if Americans have the same kind of injuries. Perhaps we can use this as an indication of low quality of life in the UK?)

  6. Linda Gorman says:

    Do they have plans for safer beer goggles, another health hazard?