Researchers suggest higher booze tax

April 2, 2009 2:24:18 PM PDT
A new study in the UK finds teen binge drinking is serious and chronic, and authors are criticizing the effectiveness of public awareness campaigns. More than half of UK teenagers, a total of 54 percent surveyed, report that they had "binged" at least once in the past 30 days. The survey's definition of "binge" is the consumption of five or more drinks on at least one occasion.

The surveys authors are troubled by what they claim is scientific consensus that public education and mass media campaigns have a very poor track record in influencing drinking habits. They write that a policy of taxation to make alcohol less affordable is a far more effective means of protecting public health and safety.

The report was conducted by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs.


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