4186.0 Economics, Availability & Alcohol-Related Harm: Successes & Threats

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
This session looks at economics, availability and alcohol-related harm. State-based regulation of alcohol (guaranteed by the 21st Amendment) is critical to keeping underage drinking and adult over-consumption in check. However, alcohol taxation in the US is 40 years behind tobacco taxation. Some communities have historically had an overconcentration of alcohol establishments. These communities have higher numbers of retailers selling to minors, adults buying alcohol for minors, and businesses being poor neighbors in the community. State alcohol excise taxes are frequently used to reduce alcohol consumption in order to reduce its disease burden; however, its actual effect on reducing the incidence of alcohol use disorder is unknown.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the effectiveness of economic policies such as fees, excise taxes, and state control on reducing alcohol-related harm. 2. Discuss current threats to state regulations. 3. Identify recommendations for advocating for increased alcohol fees, taxes, and state control.

Fee Ordinance Decreases Alcohol Law Violations in Alameda County: An Environmental Strategy that has Worked!
Avani Desai, MPH (c), Linda Pratt, MA, Member APHA and Linda M. Bosma, MA, PhD

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Organized by: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Endorsed by: Law, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)