New study suggests thousands of ER visits could be prevented by making alcohol more expensive

From EMS1:

Published in the journal Injury Prevention, a new study estimates that over 6,000 fewer violence-related emergency department attendances per year would result from a 1 percent rise above inflation on alcohol sold at bars and retail stores.

For the study, a team of researchers at the University of Cardiff examined injury data from 100 emergency departments across England and Wales between January 2005 and December 2012. They cross-referenced this information with nationally available data on the cost of alcohol in various regions and socioeconomic factors.

The study estimated that “a 1 percent increase in real on-trade [bars, clubs] alcohol prices could lead to 4,260 fewer violence-related ED attendances per year, while a 1 percent increase in real off-trade [retail stores] alcohol prices could result in 1,788 fewer attendances.”

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