Minimum unit alcohol price needed as study highlights link between rising cost of alcohol and fall in violent crime
Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.
There was a 12% fall in injuries from violent incidents in 2013, according to data from almost a third of emergency departments examined by Cardiff University.
It found 235,000 people were treated following a violent attack in 2013 - 32,800 fewer than in the previous year.
The authors said the rising cost of alcohol might have played a role.
They also said the figures mirrored other research, adding to evidence that the long-term trend in violent crime was down.
The 12% fall means it is the fifth consecutive year that NHS units have recorded a decrease in violent injuries.
Read more at BBC Health.