An evaluation of the public health and safety impacts of the 2014 BC Liquor Law reforms

Funding body: The Office of the BC Provincial Health Officer

Background: A major review of BC liquor laws was produced by the Liberal government in early 2014 with some 73 recommendations designed to "modernise" the distribution and sale of alcohol. CISUR was commissioned to evaluate the impacts of these policy changes on alcohol consumption and related harm in British Columbia. In addition, we were commissioned to model the impacts of the potential introduction of a new minimum price per standard drink is a harm reduction measure.

Progress to date: An analysis of the implementation of the 73 recommendations has been completed in relation to their potential to increase or reduce health and safety problems related to alcohol. We are currently improving our data security and privacy in order to be able to receive confidential data on hospital admissions and deaths related to alcohol problems so that it can be analysed.