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Decline in binge drinking 'helps cut violent crime' in United Kingdom

Published on Apr 23, 2014 8:45 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A decline in binge drinking in England and Wales has likely contributed to a significant fall in reported injuries from violent crime, researchers said on Wednesday.

The number of people who sought medical treatment for injuries from serious violence fell 12 per cent to 234,509 last year, according to a study from Cardiff University.

The change, following a downward trend that began in 2001, reflects falling violence in many Western countries and the researchers admitted they did not know all the reasons why.

But a fall in heavy drinking in Britain was likely a factor, along with more targeted prevention efforts, according to Professor Jonathan Shepherd, lead author of the study.

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