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

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (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 …

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