Trade leader Tony Payne has expressed doubts at the claim that a typical glassing incident costs the NHS £184,000.
The claim was made to mark the start of an alcohol-awareness campaign being conducted across four counties in southern England, including Hampshire, where pubs are being told to switch to polycarbonate or face a licence review.
Campaign organisers said that a glassing incident involves 40 NHS staff and costs about £184,000, "before the costs of a police criminal investigation are considered".
Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations chief executive Payne said: "We had the same thing with smoking; all of these figures get unveiled. [But] anyone can say these things and the problem lies in disproving them."
The alcohol-awareness campaign will also run across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight. It will include posters and adverts which will be displayed on buses to highlight the negative effects of excessive drinking.
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