Glassing the invisible danger

Alasdair J. M. Forsyth

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    Abstract

    In recent decades the use of glass as a medium for manufacturing drinking containers has reduced. Today, milk is commonly sold in cartons, ‘soft drinks’ in plastic and hot drinks in ceramics. The one category of drink still commonly sold / served in glass vessels is alcohol, paradoxically the only beverage type associated with an increased risk of accidents and serious violence. This presentation will draw together evidence from a variety of studies conducted by the speaker, which, although none were specifically focused on ‘glassing’, found this issue to be most salient. These involved licensed premises observation (including the effects of a ‘glassware ban’), focus groups with street drinkers, a photo-survey of substance-use litter and a survey / qualitative interviews with convicted violent Young Offenders. Taken together a common theme emerged from these studies; one where alcohol-related glass, especially from off-trade beverages, was associated with injury risk and serious violence, to a greater extent than was the case with more high profile issues such as ‘knife carrying’ or discarded syringes. This disparity in concern is doubly unfortunate as glassing is a risk / weapon which can more easily be eliminated. However owing to the current dominant cultural and economic position occupied by glass in the alcohol market, it is recognised that in the shorter term, the goal should be to initiate gradual change by targeting high risk environments and beverages.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInjury Prevention
    Volume16
    Issue numberS1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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    Glass
    Beverages
    Alcohols
    Violence
    Carbonated Beverages
    Weapons
    Syringes
    Ceramics
    Focus Groups
    Plastics
    Drinking
    Accidents
    Milk
    Economics
    Observation
    Interviews
    Wounds and Injuries
    Surveys and Questionnaires

    Keywords

    • liquid containers
    • manufacturing
    • social behaviour
    • licensed premises
    • assault

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    Forsyth, Alasdair J. M. / Glassing the invisible danger. In: Injury Prevention. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. S1.
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    Glassing the invisible danger. / Forsyth, Alasdair J. M.

    In: Injury Prevention, Vol. 16, No. S1, 09.2010.

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