The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4096.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 12:30 PM

Abstract #47793

Reducing morbidity and mortality through alcohol pricing and taxation

Frank Chaloupka, PhD, Health Research and Policy Centers (M/C 275), University of Illinois at Chicago, 850 West Jackson Blvd, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60607-3025, 312-413-2287,

Reducing Morbidity and Mortality Through Alcohol Pricing and Taxation

This presentation will review current state and federal alcoholic beverage excise taxes and trends in these taxes over the past 25 years. Additionally, alcohol control policies that impact on the price of alcoholic beverages will be discussed. Following this background, the research evidence on the impact of alcoholic beverage taxes and prices on alcohol use and abuse will be reviewed. This will be followed by a review of the research examining the effects of alcoholic beverage taxes and prices on morbidity and mortality resulting from alcohol use, including fatalities and injuries from drinking and driving, violence, liver cirrhosis, other alcohol related mortality, and other outcomes. This research clearly demonstrates that increases in alcoholic beverage taxes and policies that result in higher alcoholic beverage prices are very effective in reducing alcohol use, abuse, and its consequences.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, session participants will

Keywords: Alcohol, Policy/Policy Development

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA