Excessive Drinking

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Winter 2015

The most popular policies put in place to reduce problems associated with excessive drinking are not effective—and the most effective policies aren’t adopted because they’re not popular. That’s the conclusion of research conducted jointly by the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Boston University.

The study is the first to document what researchers have long suspected: policymakers are likely to adopt measures such as targeting impaired driving and underage drinking, even though they have consistently proven to be ineffectual, whereas they rarely enact effective policies such as alcohol taxes, price restrictions, curbing days and hours of sale, and restricting density of alcohol outlets in a given geographic area.

The study was published in the September 23 issue of Addiction.


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