Unbreakable Plastic Pint Glasses and rigid Polystrene Reusable Pint Tumblers are now a common feature in clubs and pubs up and down the United Kingdom, increasingly so since the introduction of the smoking ban. As people who smoke are forced outside to feed their habit - taking their Pint Glass with them - so we have seen a rise in the number of glassings" (sadly the word Glass" is now a verb in this country to glass")
As a consequence of this rise in injuries more councils, pubs chains and police forces are demanding that unbreakable Plastic Glasses are used after certain times of the day, usually in the evening after 7pm (it seems the availability of 24 hr drinking here hasn't changed our fighting habits too much)
Grants for such large changes to our Drinking Cups has been granted by some local authorities to assist some establishments in the change over, monies one presumes has been saved from a reduction in 999 call outs and doctors time.
There are two types of Plastic Cups which are now becoming commonplace, Polycarbonate glasses and Rigid Styrene tumblers.
The Polycarbonate material was used for aero plane wind screens as the aeroplanes needed a clear material stronger than glass as the screens regularly came into contact with winged animals. Polycarbonate is now most commonly used for Plastic cups and Police riot shields, the material looks just like glass and is lighter in weight than glass.
Unlike Polycarb Glasses Rigid styrene glasses will break but not easily so they could not be used as a stabbing weapon and are an inexpensive way of avoiding using actual glass pint tumblers.
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