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Cardiff's violence reduction scheme is exported

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A pioneering scheme developed in Cardiff to reduce violence from alcohol is to be rolled out in Australia.

The so-called Cardiff model uses data from hospital emergency departments to identify and target violence ‘hotspots’, significantly reducing cases of violence.

Now its being trialled in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Details from hospitals such as the precise violence location, time, days and weapons will be shared with police, helping them to build a monthly ‘hotspot map’ of the nature, timing and characteristics of violence showing where their presence is most needed.

– Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University

Alcohol awareness scheme extended in South Wales

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An initiative to highlight the results of excessive drinking to people who commit alcohol-related crime is being extended.

The Tackling Alcohol Safer Communities (TASC) scheme has previously been run in Swansea and is now being introduced across the Western Bay region to include Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend.

It will give individuals who receive a fixed penalty notice for low-level alcohol-related offences the opportunity of attending an alcohol awareness course so they can learn more about the impact of excessive drinking on the community and on their health and well being.

The price of attending the course will be £45 which is half the cost of a fixed penalty notice.

All too often, people go out, drink too much and end up injuring themselves or becoming involved in crime, either as a victim or a perpetrator.

The aim of this initiative is to give individuals an opportunity to learn more about the consequences of their actions and make them think hard about their drinking habits in the future.

– Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales


Cheap supermarket alcohol 'fuelling violence'

Experts at Cardiff University say cheap alcohol in supermarkets is fuelling violence, and making booze more affordable now the economic downturn is over would be a mistake.

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Figures from the Violence Research Group show the number of people injured in serious violence dropped by 10% in 2014 compared to 2013.

But researchers said that more than 200,000 people going to emergency departments in England and Wales every year because of alcohol is "still far too many".

As in other years, the bulk of the violence still being committed involves males between the ages of 18 and 30, mainly taking place in urban streets at night.

Researchers attributed the reduction to a combination of factors including an increase in CCTV leading to police intervening in fights more quickly; better sharing of anonomised data between A&E departments; police and local government; and people drinking less due to alcohol being more expensive and having less disposable income.


Responsible drinking plea as Halloween impacts A&E

A Welsh health board has issued a plea for people to drink responsibly after a surge in alcohol-related injuries on Halloween.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said the A&E department of Morriston Hospital "was filled with witches, mummies, ghosts and other revellers in fancy dress".

It said patients were either sleeping off the effects of too much alcohol, or being treated for alcohol-related injuries - including from fighting.

The chief of a Welsh health board said incapacitated Halloween revellers had a 'serious impact' on A&E. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Chief Executive Paul Roberts said he was "dismayed" to see some pubs and clubs offering cut-price drinks - some as cheap as 10p - on the night of October 31st.

He slammed the move as "irresponsible" and said people who drink alcohol to excess - and those who make it available - should consider the impact of their actions.

Parents 'overestimate alcohol consumption'

Underage drinking is 'in decline'. Credit: David Jones/PA

Parents in Wales are over-estimating the number of young people who drink alcohol.

According to new figures, from the Alcohol Education Trust, less than a quarter of 11 to 15 year olds think its okay to get drunk.

But parents here thought the figure was much higher.

Official figures show there's currently a downward trend in the number of young people trying and drinking alcohol

Tories support minimum alcohol pricing in Wales

The Welsh Conservatives are supporting moves to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. That's despite a controversial decision last year by David Cameron to drop a similar plan for England. The Prime Minister feared it would be 'unworkable' and open to legal challenge.

But the party's Shadow Health Minister in the Assembly, Darren Millar, says it can work in Wales.

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