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Drop in serious violence could be down to alcohol prices

Evidence from a leading Welsh research group shows we could be slowly winning the battle against drunken violence on our streets.

The study shows the number of people injured has fallen for the sixth year in a row. Experts believe rising alcohol prices could be part of the reason, as Dean Thomas reports.

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A Cardiff University study says the number of people in Wales and England injured in serious violence last year dropped by over 10%.

It also says those most likely to be injured are aged between 18 and 30.

The study suggests that reason for the fall could be a reduction in binge drinking.

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Alcohol price rise linked to drop in violence

An increase in alcohol prices is partly responsible for a reduction in binge drinking and serious violence for the sixth consecutive year, a study has claimed.

The number of people injured in serious violence dropped by 12% in 2013 compared to 2012, with more than 32,000 fewer people treated for injuries relating to violence in England and Wales, a Cardiff University report found.

Lead author of the study and Director of the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University said a change in alcohol habits since 2008 could be one reason for the continued reduction.

Binge drinking has become less frequent, and the proportion of youths who don't drink alcohol at all has risen sharply. Also, after decades in which alcohol has become more affordable, since 2008 it has become less affordable.

For people most prone to involvement in violence, those aged 18-30, falls in disposable income are probably an important factor.

– Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University

Serious violence drops by 12% in Wales and England

Serious violence affecting all age groups decreased in 2013 compared to 2012 Credit: PA

The number of people injured in incidents of serious violence dropped by 12% in 2013 compared to 2012, according to an England and Wales study by Cardiff University.

The findings confirmed that those most at risk of serious violence-related injury continue to be males aged 18-30.

The results also found the weekend to be the most violent period of the week, as violence-related attendance was most frequent on Saturday and Sunday.

The data was gathered from a scientific sample of 117 Emergency Departments, Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres in England and Wales.

Lead author of the study and Director of the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University, Professor Jonathan Shepherd said,

"The data shows another significant year on year fall in serious violence across England and Wales. Apart from a 7% increase in 2008, levels of serious violence have fallen every year since 2001."

Experts say an increase in alcohol prices is partly responsible for the reduction.

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