Alcohol and suicide in Denmark 1911-24–experiences from a ‘natural experiment’



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    1. National Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, Oslo, Norway & Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden
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Ole-Jørgen skog, National Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research, dannevigsveien 10, N-0463 Oslo, Norway.


In 1916-17, prices of alcoholic beverages increased dramatically in Denmark, and alcohol consumption decreased strongly. On the basis of this ‘natural experiment’, the effect of variations in per capita alcohol consumption on suicide rates is estimated, and compared to Norström's analysis of Danish data from the period 1931-80, as well as similar analyses from other countries. It is concluded that per capita alcohol consumption is probably related to the suicide rate in Denmark, but to a less extent than in some other countries.