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.