The economics of alcohol abuse and alcohol-control policies.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Economic research has contributed to the evaluation of alcohol policy through empirical analysis of the effects of alcohol-control measures on alcohol consumption and its consequences. It has also provided an accounting framework for defining and comparing costs and benefits of alcohol consumption and related policy interventions, including excise taxes. The most important finding from the economics literature is that consumers tend to drink less ethanol, and have fewer alcohol-related problems, when alcoholic beverage prices are increased or alcohol availability is restricted. That set of findings is relevant for policy purposes because alcohol abuse imposes large "external" costs on others. Important challenges remain, including developing a better understanding of the effects of drinking on labor-market productivity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cook, PJ; Moore, MJ

Published Date

  • March 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 120 - 133

PubMed ID

  • 11900152

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1544-5208

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-2715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1377/hlthaff.21.2.120


  • eng