24-Apr-2018
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Hate crimes more likely to be carried out when people are drunk

 LONDON Dec 29: Hate crimes are more likely to be carried out when people are drunk, with the alcohol acting as an 'igniter' to expressing prejudice, a new study suggests.

Out of 124 people, 18.5 per cent considered themselves to have been attacked by people motivated by prejudice and that alcohol intoxication accounted for 90 per cent of these attacks.  
 
The survey by Cardiff University was carried out in Cardiff, Blackburn and Leicester. 
 
These cities were chosen because all three are home to multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious populations.
 
Of the 23 people who claimed the attack on them was motivated by prejudice, seven said they thought their appearance was the motive. 
 
Five suggested it was because of racial tensions within the communities they lived, the study found.
 
Three people mentioned their place of residence and eight cases were attributed to the race, religion or sexual orientation of the victims.
 
Researchers interviewed people attending accident and emergency with injuries from violence in three multicultural British cities. 
 
Professor Jonathan Shepherd, director of the Cardiff University Crime and Security Research Institute, said: 'A striking aspect of the study was the discovery that most attacks weren't fuelled by hate alone; alcohol appeared to act as an igniter.
 
'Our findings suggest that tackling alcohol abuse is not only important in regards to the health of individuals but also to the health of our society.
 
'Additionally, we have learned that emergency room violence surveys can act as a community tension sensor and early warning system.'
 
The survey by Cardiff University was carried out in Cardiff, Blackburn and Leicester.