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Alcohol tax 'could prevent thousands being hurt in violence every year'

Alcohol tax 'could prevent thousands being hurt in violence every year'

A small alcohol tax could cut the number of A&E visits caused by violent injury by more than 6,000 a year, research from Cardiff University suggests.

They said putting a duty of 1% above inflation on drinks sold in restaurants, shops, pubs and supermarkets could be more effective than introducing a standard minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

Writing in the journal Injury Prevention, they noted thousands of visits to A&E could be prevented.

The additional tax revenue gained, estimated at close to £1 billion a year, would be at the Treasury's disposal, and could be used to offset the cost of alcohol-related harm to the NHS.

Reforming the current alcohol taxation system may be more effective at reducing violence-related injury than minimum unit pricing.

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Small rise in alcohol prices could cut violence-related hospital emergency visits by 6,000 a year

Small rise in alcohol prices could cut violence-related hospital emergency visits by 6,000 a year

Small tax could prevent violence related A&E visits

Small tax could prevent violence related A&E visits