Raising price of alcohol works better than prevention programmes, US review saysBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5373 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5373
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 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 …