Alcohol price rises could cut child suicides just as cigarette price rises cut lung cancer deaths
Setting a minimum price for alcohol could reduce child suicides in Wales, an inquiry has concluded.
The Child Death Review Programme (part of Public Health Wales) looked at 34 suicides between 2006 and 2012, and found drug and alcohol use was a factor in a number of cases.
A 2002-2011 study by the same team found nearly one in eight deaths of children aged between 12 and 17 were likely to have been a suicide.
The inquiry has suggested “restricting children’s access to alcohol by introducing a minimum price per unit, regulation of marketing and availability, and taking action on underage sales”.
Will we do this?
Of course not, it is too simple, it will be too effective and the two biggest sales categories in supermarkets are alcohol (wine) and alcohol (beer).
There are too many people making too much money from alcohol to care.
As reported by the BBC, March 2014.