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Minimum alcohol pricing 'could reduce teen suicide'

A minimum price for alcohol could cut the number of child suicides in Wales, according to the authors of a report looking into rates and causes.

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Alcohol minimum pricing 'could reduce child suicides'

A minimum price for alcohol could cut the number of child suicides in Wales, according to the authors of a report looking into rates and causes.

Whenever someone takes their own life it is a tragedy and causes distress for many people - family, friends, professionals and the wider community.

This review is a key piece of work in helping us all to understand the factors that have contributed to these deaths, identify opportunities for prevention and make recommendations to reduce the risk of suicide for children and young people in Wales. Suicides are not inevitable and we all have a part to play in trying to prevent further deaths.''

– Dr Ann John, consultant in public health for Public Health Wales

It's calling on the Welsh Government to introduce a minimum pricing for alcohol, which the authors say would help cut the suicide rate for 12-17 year olds down from the current one in eight deaths.

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