Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Effect of Alcohol Taxes/Prices on Drinking, Morbidity and Mortality

Previous studies from 1960 to the present have shown that there is a link between the price of alcohol and its consumption. That is, when prices go up, consumption goes down, and when prices go down, consumption goes up.

This project conducted a formal statistical meta-analysis on effects of beverage alcohol taxes/prices on drinking and on a range of morbidity and mortality outcomes. A systematic review or “meta-analysis” re-analyzes data from all the previous studies as a whole, allowing conclusions that are not limited to specific policy changes or a single state or country.

A meta-analysis of alcohol taxes/prices also provides the most precise estimates of the effects of the price changes based on the cumulative evidence across dozens or hundreds of studies. Today, the idea of taxes on alcohol is rising on the agenda of health officials and lawmakers because of a combination of things, such as historically low real alcohol tax rates, political opposition to increased income and property taxes, increasing budget shortfalls and experience with tobacco tax increases.

Advancing Public Health Practice and Policy Solutions

  1. 1. Developing Policies to Address Oral Health Issues in California Schools
  2. 2. Developing a Community Scorecard to Chronicle Public Health Disparities in South Los Angeles
  3. 3. Developing a Model Program for Integrating Tribal Public Health into the Multijursidictional Public Health System for Infectious Diseases
  4. 4. Integrating Health Impact Assessments into the Federal Environmental Impact Process with a Focus on Alaska Native Communities
  5. 5. Voices for Change: A Social Action Campaign to Restore the Health and Safety of Residents of the Westside of San Bernardino County, California
  6. 6. Threats of Litigation Against Proposed Public Health Laws
  7. 7. Using Health Impact Assessment
  8. 8. Identifying Effective Catalysts for Action Toward Community Health Improvement in Underserved Communities in Wisconsin
  9. 9. Developing a Health Equity Toolbox for Health Practitioners to Advance Public Health Advocacy to Eliminate Health Disparities
  10. 10. Meta-Analysis of the Literature on the Effect of Alcohol Taxes/Prices on Drinking, Morbidity and Mortality
  11. 11. Using Biomonitoring and Air Monitoring in a Study at Tulare County to Implement a New California Public Health Law on Exposure to Environmental Toxicants
  12. 12. Advancing Health Equity by Institutionalizing the Role of Local Health Departments in Decisions Affecting the Built Environment
  13. 13. Expanding the Ability of Practitioners and Scholars to Assess Law as a Tool to Improve Public Health
  14. 14. Stronger Partnerships for Safer Food