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Raising Alcohol Prices Can Lead to More Drinking Instead of Less

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  • Many policy makers and researchers believe that increasing the prices of alcohol beverages will help to reduce alcohol sales and related problems.

  • New findings indicate that across-the-board price increases may, or may not, reduce alcohol sales.

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  • The authors suggest "minimum price posting" as an alternative policy measure.

Both research and policy initiatives tend to support increasing the prices of alcohol beverages as a way of reducing alcohol sales and related problems. However, a study in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research has found that across-the-board price increases may not always have the intended effects on alcohol sales.

"Our study accepts the assumption that alcohol is a "complex good," composed of different beverage types