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8:42am 31st December 2013

Pirate FM has learnt that almost half of domestic abuse cases in Cornwall involve alcohol.

The Safer Cornwall Partnership has revealed the figures as a warning over Christmas and New Year.

Spokesman David Parker says it comes from a need for control: "It can be abusive, it can be sexual violence, it can be a range of different things but the behaviour is not caused by the drink, it's the disinhibition that allows the underlying behaviour to come forward.

"We're not saying that domestic abuse is caused by alcohol but if people could drink a little bit less then they might be less likely to allow their underlying behaviours to take control and for them to do something stupid.

"Some people get violent and if they're down the pub or a club and they finish up quite late in the evening, some people do end up fighting. We would obviously discourage people from drinking so much that they get to that stage in the first place and if there's something kicking off somewhere, just walk away from it."

8:42am 31st December 2013

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