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24/04/2013

Alcohol minimum pricing and alcohol attributable hospital admissions

A new article shows the effectivess of minimum pricing in lowering alcohol attributable hospital admissions.

A new study by the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia (Canada) has looked at the effects of periodic increases in minimum alcohol prices on alcohol-attributable hospital admissions.

The study found that a 10% increase in the average minimum price of all alcoholic beverages was associated with an 8.95% decrease in acute alcohol-attributable admissions and a 9.22% reduction in chronic alcohol-attributable admissions 2 years later.

A Can $ 0.10 increase in average minimum price would prevent 166 acute admissions in the 1st year and 275 chronic admissions 2 years later. We also estimated significant, though smaller, adverse impacts of increased private liquor store density on hospital admission rates for all types of alcoholattributable admissions.

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301289