When are minimum-legal-drinking-age and beer-tax policies the most effective?
- Public policies that limit the availability of alcohol can reduce youth-traffic fatalities.
- A new study examines the interdependence of impacts between minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) and beer taxes.
- Results show that any given changes in MLDA will have a smaller impact on traffic fatalities when beer taxes are high as opposed to when they are low.
A wide variety of public policies affect alcohol purchases, consumption, and traffic fatalities, The two alcohol-control policies that have been most-clearly demonstrated to reduce youth consumption and traffic deaths are raising the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) and raising beer taxes. Researchers have evaluated the independent effectiveness of these and many other policies. A new study finds that the effectiveness of any particular policy depends on what other policies are also in place.
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