Minimum Alcohol Pricing in Canada Reduces Harm


New research from Canada's Center for Addiction Research in British Columbia (CARBC) and Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows that minimum price polices on alcohol are effective in reducing alcohol-related harm. The evidence stems from British Columbia and Saskatchewan provinces, both of which experienced significant reductions in overall alcohol consumption after minimum pricing policies were put into effect. Researchers found that those who paid less per unit of alcohol tended to consume more drinks. These latest studies add to the evidence that higher pricing of alcohol is a powerful way to control consumption and lower negative affects. Public health advocates hope that this new evidence encourages other countries to adopt their own minimum alcohol pricing policies in order to mitigate the illnesses, injuries and social problems associated with alcohol misuse.

Take Action: Tell Jerry Brown to Adjust Alcohol Excise Tax



Since 1991 Big Alcohol lobbying has resulted in California losing $1.8 billion in revenue. A simple inflation adjustment and a nickel a drink increase on beer and wine would generate an additional $641.7 million in 2013-2014, and $8.22 billion through 2023. Adjusting alcohol taxes is a sensible and fair way to address the State's looming budget deficit. Higher alcohol taxes are also sound public health policy. They are passed on to consumers, resulting in higher retail prices and reduced consumption. Reduced consumption will reduce the annual catastrophe of $38 billion in alcohol-related harm in California. It's time to tell California's elected leaders to stop the Big Alcohol subsidies, adjust the excise tax, increase revenues, and stem the tide of alcohol-related harm in the state.

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New Voices on Big Beer & (De)Regulation

BarryIn December 2012 the New America Foundation, in partnership with the American Antitrust Institute and Washington Monthly, sponsored two policy panels for an event entitled "Big Beer Blitzes America: Is Anheuser-Busch too Powerful?" The panels correspond with new reports released by the NAF & AAI, and a recent article by Tim Heffernan regarding concentration of alcohol corporations, their influence on the U.S. alcohol market, and deregulation. According to Barry Lynn, senior NAF fellow, both big beer and big retail have recently unleashed a series of attacks on the independence of the middle tier of alcohol wholesalers and distributors. To watch the panels, click here. For the AJ report on the Big Beer duopoly, click here.