A study called Violence-Related Injury and the Price of Beer in England and Wales offers support for the chancellor’s decision to raise the tax on a pint of beer by 1p in the recent budget. The study’s authors, based at Cardiff University, are scholars of pence and beer. Kent Matthews is the Sir Julian Hodge professor of banking and finance. Jonathan Shepherd, a professor at the dental school and director of that school’s violence research group, has long campaigned for the mandatory use of non-glass “glasses” and bottles in drinking establishments….
So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.