News

Raising price of alcohol works better than prevention programmes, US review says

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5373 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5373
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Raising the price of alcohol by taxation reduces drinking and also significantly reduces negative, costly outcomes associated with excessive drinking more effectively than prevention programmes, concludes a review of published research over the past 50 years.

    A previous study by the same researchers at the College of Medicine of the University of Florida, Gainesville, found that a 10% rise in the price of alcohol resulted in a 5% reduction in drinking.

    In their current study they say that doubling the average US state tax on alcohol would result in about a 35% reduction in the number of alcohol related deaths, an 11% reduction in …

    View Full Text

    Sign in

    Log in through your institution

    Free trial

    Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
    Sign up for a free trial

    Subscribe