A new study published on Monday suggests that a complete prohibition on the sale of alcohol makes for an empty hospital trauma unit, but partial measures such as restricting sales to weekdays or shortening bottle store opening hours do not. Business Insider reports that the study, “Trauma trends during COVID-19 alcohol prohibition at a South African regional hospital” analysed data from the Worcester Regional Hospital for 2020, and compared it with 2019, across trauma admissions, trauma operations, and stab wound admissions. “Each time a complete ban was instituted, there was a significant drop in trauma volume which was lost by allowing alcohol (even partial sales),” wrote the seven authors, all associated with Stellenbosch University or the South African Medical Research Council.