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Increased Alcohol Prices May Decrease Deaths

Increased Alcohol Prices May Decrease Deaths
2/7/2013 10:35 AM ET

A drop in alcohol related deaths may be linked to increased prices, says a new study from researchers at University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia.

For the study, researchers collected data in British Columbia between 2002 and 2009. They found that a ten percent price increase in government controlled alcohol retailers led to a 32 percent drop in reported alcohol related deaths.

"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. It is hard otherwise to explain the significant changes in alcohol-related deaths observed in British Columbia," says lead researcher Tim Stockwell.

Their data appears this month in the journal Addiction.

by RTT Staff Writer

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