Addiction

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Robert West, Associate Editor-in-Chief: Thomas F. Babor

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 1/34 (Substance Abuse (Social Science)); 2/18 (Substance Abuse); 13/124 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 21/135 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1360-0443

Associated Title(s): Addiction Biology

Effects of pricing and taxation on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems


Among the numerous measures by which public policies affect alcohol-related problems at a national level, the regulation of alcohol taxes and prices is among the most important and the least understood from a public health perspective. The articles collected into this virtual issue represent some of the best in contemporary thinking about the aims, mechanisms and effects of alcohol taxation and pricing.

These papers, all published in recent issues of Addiction, reinforce and extend several decades of research on the topic, and lead inexorably to one clear conclusion: Consumers of alcoholic beverages respond predictably to changes in alcohol prices and alcohol taxes, regardless of country, degree of alcohol involvement, or age of the drinker. Alcohol taxes are thus an attractive instrument of public health policy, as they can be used both to generate direct revenue for the state and to reduce alcohol-related problems.

Does minimum pricing reduce alcohol consumption? The experience of a Canadian province
Tim Stockwell, M. Christopher Auld, Jinhui Zhao, Gina Martin
Addiction 2012

The price of a drink: levels of consumption and price paid per unit of alcohol by Edinburgh's ill drinkers with a comparison to wider alcohol sales in Scotland
Heather Black, Jan Gill and Jonathan Chick
Addiction 2011; 106: 729

Commentary on Black et al.
Minimum pricing of alcohol – a solution whose time has come
LIAM J. DONALDSON and PAUL D. RUTTER
Addiction 2011; 106: 737

The effects of a large reduction in alcohol prices on hospitalizations related to alcohol: a population-based natural experiment
Kimmo Herttua, Pia Makela and Pekka Martikainen
Addiction 2011; 106: 759

Potential consequences of replacing a retail alcohol monopoly with a private licence system: results from Sweden
Thor Norström, Ted Miller, Harold Holder, Esa Österberg, Mats Ramstedt, Ingeborg Rossow and Tim Stockwell
Addiction 2010; 105: 2113

Changes in alcohol consumption and beverage preference among adolescents after the introduction of the alcopops tax in Germany
Stefanie Müller, Daniela Piontek, Alexander Pabst, Sebastian E. Baumeister and Ludwig Kraus
Addiction 2010; 105: 1205

Commentary on Müller et al.
Tax policy on alcopops - advances and limitations
ALEXANDER C. WAGENAAR
Addiction 2010; 105: 1214

Policy options for alcohol price regulation: the importance of modelling population heterogeneity
Petra Sylvia Meier, Robin Purshouse and Alan Brennan
Addiction 2010; 105: 383

Four commentaries on Meier et al. (2010)

WHO DRINKS HOW MUCH LESS WITH WHICH PRICE POLICY? A RICH FEAST FOR POLICY DISCUSSION
ROBIN ROOM and MICHAEL LIVINGSTON
Addiction 2010; 105: 394

BEYOND TAX: THE NEED FOR RESEARCH ON ALCOHOL PRICING POLICIES
FRANK J. CHALOUPKA
Addiction 2010; 105: 397

ALCOHOL PRICE POLICIES: CONNECTING SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

ALEXANDER C. WAGENAAR
Addiction 2010; 105: 398

POLICY OPTIONS FOR ALCOHOL PRICE REGULATION: RESPONSE TO THE COMMENTARIES
PETRA SYLVIA MEIER, ROBIN PURSHOUSE and ALAN BRENNAN
Addiction 2010; 105: 400

Weakening of one more alcohol control pillar: a review of the effects of the alcohol tax cuts in Finland in 2004
Pia Makela and Esa Österberg
Addiction 2009; 104: 554

Effects of beverage alcohol price and tax levels on drinking: a meta-analysis of 1003 estimates from 112 studies
Alexander C. Wagenaar, Matthew J. Salois and Kelli A. Komro
Addiction 2009; 104: 179

Commentary on Wagenaar et al:
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE TAXES, PRICES AND DRINKING
FRANK J. CHALOUPKA
Addiction 2009; 104: 191



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