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Small increase in alcohol duty may cut violence related emergency department visits

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3829 (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3829
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A small increase of just 1% above inflation in the duty imposed on alcohol sold in retail outlets, pubs, and restaurants could reduce violence related emergency department attendances by 6000 a year across England and Wales, a modelling study has estimated.1

This approach may be more effective at reducing injuries sustained through violence than minimum unit pricing for alcohol, the researchers said. Alcohol consumption has been linked to increased aggression and risk of injury, and a link also …

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