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Cost Of Alcohol Credited For Drop In Serious Violence In England And Wales Or Is It The Rent Costs?

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/23/alcohol-prices-violence-study-binge-drinking

A decline in binge drinking and the rising price of alcohol is behind a dramatic 12% fall in the number of people injured in serious violence across England and Wales last year, a pioneering academic research study claims.

An estimated 234,509 people sought treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments across England and Wales in 2013 – 32,780 fewer than in 2012, according to the national violence surveillance network developed by Cardiff University.

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, director of the university's violence and society research group, said figures showed there had been a sustained fall in levels of serious violence in every year since 2001, apart from a 7% rise in 2008.

"Violence is falling in many western countries and we don't know all the reasons why," Shepherd said. But he said changes in alcohol habits was a probable explanation.

"Binge drinking has become less frequent, and the proportion of youth 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 to 30 – falls in disposable income are probably an important factor."

All down to the cost of alcohol, the fact that housing costs have continued to increase draining discretionary spending along with heating and fuel costs and the fact that the young have bourne the burnt of the recession clearly has played no part. It was all down to the increase in cost of alcohol.

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What? with a pint of wine for a fiver, and cheap gin for about £8?

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What? with a pint of wine for a fiver, and cheap gin for about £8?

It's more about going out and drinking in pubs and clubs. I pay about 60p a pint for homebrew..

But if you are going out, you are not going to get a lot of change from £50 nowadays.

Plus the more mundane stuff - no closing time, so there's not the effect of lots of people being chucked out at once. Removal of lead from petrol. Video games as an outlet for violence.

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It's more about going out and drinking in pubs and clubs. I pay about 60p a pint for homebrew..

But if you are going out, you are not going to get a lot of change from £50 nowadays.

Plus the more mundane stuff - no closing time, so there's not the effect of lots of people being chucked out at once. Removal of lead from petrol. Video games as an outlet for violence.

Spot on. Variable closing times and a reduction in the inevitable kebab shop punch ups was one of the anticipated benefits of the Licensing Act 2003. One of Liebours few regulatory successes.

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"Violence is falling in many western countries and we don't know all the reasons why...

Easy. XBox Live, PS4. Nothing to do with alcohol consumption.

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Bod was on TV this morning. This study actually showed that NON alcohol related violent incidents recorded over this period fell even FASTER than those with an alcohol connection.

That doesn't seem to feature highly on the numerous stories in the media for some reason . . . .

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Easy. XBox Live, PS4. Nothing to do with alcohol consumption.

Proof of what the Assistant Chief Constable was saying.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10779356/Crime-is-not-falling-its-moved-online-says-police-chief.html

Jon Boutcher, the national policing spokesman on surveillance, argues that criminal behaviour has moved online, where much of it goes either unreported or undetected.

Clearly there needs to be action taken to monitor people behaving violently on their XBoxes and PS4s. In particular gratuitous virtual killing and acting out scenes which are contrary to the Geneva convention should be punished with custodial sentences.

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Sounds like groundwork being laid for increased alcohol taxes somewhere not too far down the line ... "It's for your own good!".

Exactly! This decline in violence is due to changes that have already happened some considerable time ago, and yet it is being used to promote a change (minimum price for alcohol) that has yet to be introduced. Violence has been falling in many European countries since 2002 so one has to look at international dynamics from the late 90s onwards.

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Costs have gone down if they are drinking at home.....also fewer people to fight with unless they are fighting with themselves.....who knows what goes on behind closed doors? ;)

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Proof of what the Assistant Chief Constable was saying.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10779356/Crime-is-not-falling-its-moved-online-says-police-chief.html

Clearly there needs to be action taken to monitor people behaving violently on their XBoxes and PS4s. In particular gratuitous virtual killing and acting out scenes which are contrary to the Geneva convention should be punished with custodial sentences.

Surely he just means people are venting and threatening online instead of saving it all up and letting rip after 10 pints on a Friday night. Safer, but the PTB want people attached to the computer and posting rubbish on facebook, less chance of any critical thinking then?

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