Raising the price of alcohol means drinking deaths drop

Raising the price of alcohol means drinking deaths drop

Research shows that increasing the minimum price of alcohol by 10% leads to immediate and significant drops in drink-related deaths.

Reuters reported “Canadian researchers found that deaths caused by alcohol between 2002 and 2009 in the western province of British Columbia dropped when the minimum alcohol price was increased, while alcohol-related deaths rose when more private alcohol stores were opened”.

“This study adds to the scientific evidence that, despite popular opinion to the contrary, even the heaviest drinkers reduce their consumption when minimum alcohol prices increase”
Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria’s Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia, who led the study.

Full article here: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/02/07/sharp-drop-in-drink-deaths-follows-alcohol-price-rise#ixzz2KFByTlMj

Posted: Tuesday 5 March 2013

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