New study: Minimum alcohol prices associated with large reductions in hospital admissions in low-income areas

New analyses have indicated significant and strong associations between increased minimum alcohol prices and acute alcohol-related hospital admissions, especially in low-income areas of British Columbia. These data suggest that when alcohol prices increase people reduce their consumption, which in turn results in fewer alcohol-related hospital admissions – especially for people with lower incomes who are heavy alcohol consumers. This conclusion supports the idea that raising minimum alcohol prices is a powerful way of reducing health inequality.

download report: The impacts of minimum alcohol pricing on alcohol attributable morbidity in regions of British Columbia, Canada with low, medium and high mean household income