Sporting events cut host's suicide rate

Hosting a world cup not only boosts a country’s economy — it can also reduce the suicide rate, researchers have found.

Gripped by football fever, France’s suicide rates fell 10% when the country hosted the soccer world cup in 1998, a new study shows.

The effect was even more pronounced when the host team played: suicide rates dropped 20% on days immediately following France games, the study found.

The researchers, from a Bordeaux university, said their findings supported social integration models of

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