Enjoy a tipple... in a plastic!

Pictured with the different types of 'glass' are (from left) Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall, co-ordinator Ryan Skyrme, Alcohol and Tobacco Officer Emma Harrison, and Pubwatch co-ordinator Les Ball.
Pictured with the different types of 'glass' are (from left) Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall, co-ordinator Ryan Skyrme, Alcohol and Tobacco Officer Emma Harrison, and Pubwatch co-ordinator Les Ball.
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DRINKERS are being urged to think about their health even as they enjoy their favourite tipple.

Around 20,000 polycarbonate glasses are being handed out to pubs in Blackpool, each bearing the altn8 health campaign message aimed at encouraging people to moderate their drinking.

The scheme, funded by the Blackpool Primary Care Trust (PCT), is also aimed at reducing injuries through glassing attacks.

Steve Morton, lead officer on public health for alcohol at the PCT, said: “We want to reduce the number of injuries, but at the same time we have put the altn8 logo on the glasses in order to make people think about the effect excessive drinking has on their health.

“In the past, it was mainly pint glasses, but now we have polycarbonate wine glasses, shot glasses etc in order to reach more people.

“Also, the quality of the polycarbonate is much better now and actually lasts longer than glass.”

Blackpool Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall said; “Since pubs started introducing the polycarbonate glasses a few years ago, there has been a reduction in glass related injuries.

“But we are working with the council and PCT to reduce it even further.

“We have had a good turnout from pubs already who want to introduce the glasses, and we will also be taking them to our next Pubwatch meeting.”

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