Cutting price of alcohol is associated with higher mortality, study shows

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1504
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Lowering the price of alcohol is associated with an increase in alcohol related mortality, a study of the effects of substantial price cuts in Finland indicates.

    Alcohol related mortality rose by 16% among men and 31% among women after a series of changes in the law in 2004 reduced the price of alcoholic drinks in Finland (American Journal of Epidemiology doi:10.1093/aje/kwn216).

    “These results imply that a large reduction in the price of alcohol led to substantial increases in alcohol related mortality, particularly among the less privileged, and in chronic diseases associated with heavy drinking,” the authors, from the …

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