Small tax could prevent violence related A&E visits
Alcohol study finds a small tax could prevent thousands of admissions to A&E department caused by violent injuries
The Cardiff University team, writing in the journal Injury Prevention, said putting a duty of just one per cent on alcoholic drinks served in restaurants, bars and shops could also be more effective than introducing a minimum price for a unit of alcohol, which some experts have advocated.
It found the tax could raise as much as £1bn for the Treasury each year.
The study analysed visits to 100 A&E departments in England and Wales over and eight-year period between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2012.
It found nearly 300,000 visits were made for injuries caused by alcohol-related violence and that around 75 per cent of those treated were men aged 18-30. Monthly injury rates for men were also around three times greater than those for women.
The researchers also found a link between lower alcohol prices in the surrounding area and a higher rate of local emergency department admissions.