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Study links violent assaults and liquor sales

New research by Hospital scientist Dr. Joel Ray finds chances of being hospitalized for serious assults increases at peak sales of alcohol.

Toronto, May 13, 2008

Alcohol on shelvesAlthough the role of alcohol in unintentional injuries such as car accidents has long been known. However, its role in intentional injuries has not been clearly defined by researchers.

A new study by St. Michael's Hospital scientist Dr. Joel Ray takes a step in the direction of seeing the issue more clearly. The study found the risk of being hospitalized for serious assault increases by more than 40 per cent when sales of alcohol are at their peak.

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