Does minimum pricing reduce the burden of disease and illness attributable to alcohol?

The central hypothesis underlying these studies is that restricting the availability of cheap alcohol is an effective strategy to prevent and reduce many kinds of alcohol-related harm. The following linked questions were addressed: How is the price paid for alcohol in Canada related to gender, age, level of drinking and experience of alcohol-related problems? How effective have Canadian minimum pricing regulations been at reducing alcohol consumption and the related burden of disease and injury? How would alternative minimum pricing regulations impact the burden of disease and injury from alcohol in a Canadian jurisdiction? The research program aims to move alcohol research and policy debates beyond the broad non-specific objective of raising the price of alcohol to a focused examination of a strategy likely to be more targeted to public health and safety problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

Funding body: Canadian Institute of Health Research