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REVIEW 2012 HTM file
Are alcohol prices and taxes an evidence-based approach to reducing alcohol-related harm and promoting public health and safety? A literature review

Review updating knowledge to mid-2011 confirms that alcohol-related harm and illness have been curbed by increasing alcohol prices or taxes, but what happens to overall mortality remains unclear – and there is more to why people do or do not drink than health and harm.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Effects of alcohol tax and price policies on morbidity and mortality: a systematic review

For what seems the first time, this analysis combined results from relevant studies to test whether low tax/price levels on alcohol result in poorer health and higher death rates. It found the expected relationships, but based on only the partial accounting of the harms and benefits of drinking found in most studies.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Effects of alcohol taxes on alcohol-related disease mortality in New York state from 1969 to 2006

Changing alcohol tax rates in New York state mostly did not significantly affect the number of people who died from alcohol related diseases, perhaps as overall tax rates were still very low, and increases or decreases not always applied to all types of alcohol at once.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Effect of the increase in 'alcopops' tax on alcohol-related harms in young people: a controlled interrupted time series

A tax rise on 'alcopops' was on the agenda in Britain until they fell out of favour among young drinkers. Australia did however increase tax by a huge 70%. This study found no impact on short-term alcohol-related harm among the young revellers of its Gold Coast district, but probably there were broader benefits from reduced drinking.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Changes in alcohol consumption and beverage preference among adolescents after the introduction of the alcopops tax in Germany

Concern that sweetened alcoholic drinks ('alcopops') seduced adolescents to start drinking more and sooner led Germany to impose a tax rise nearly doubling their price. It dented their consumption among teenage drinkers, but switching to spirits and other products eroded the overall drop in alcohol consumption.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Does minimum pricing reduce alcohol consumption? The experience of a Canadian province

The Canadian province of British Columbia offered a confirmatory real-world test of whether plans in Britain to impose a high minimum price for a unit of alcohol really will reduce consumption, first step in the chain expected to lead to improved public health and productivity and reduced crime.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
The raising of minimum alcohol prices in Saskatchewan, Canada: impacts on consumption and implications for public health

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan offered a confirmatory real-world test of whether plans in Britain to impose high minimum price for a unit of alcohol really will reduce consumption, first step in the chain expected to lead to improved public health and productivity and reduced crime.

DOCUMENT 2012 HTM file
Alcohol licensing, price and taxation

Traces the stuttering and in some political quarters reluctant progress to accepting a minimum unit price for alcohol in the UK, where Scotland is in the vanguard of that issue and also of licensing law. In all the debates, the benefits drinkers themselves feel they get are rarely valued in to cost-benefit calculations.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
The effectiveness of tax policy interventions for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related harms

The review which led a national US task force to recommend alcohol tax rises as an important public health measure to curb excessive alcohol use and related harms. US and UK politicians remain wary for reasons which can't just be dismissed as populism.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Achieving positive change in the drinking culture of Wales

This research report usefully reflects evidence from reviews and recent and seminal studies, offering guidance not just on each intervention type, but on what the most effective mix might be in Wales and by extension in the UK as a whole if the aim is to affect drink-related harm at the level of the whole population.


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