Study: Raising tax would lower drinking rates

January 15, 2009 3:16:21 PM PST
Taxing liquor means lower drinking rates. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of data from more than 100 studies gauging the impact of higher liquor pricing.The study in the journal Addiction finds the price level at which alcohol is sold affects what people drink.

Researchers say while it's not surprising, it is important because this is a good tool that shapes drinking practices.

But other experts say--- you would have to dramatically increase taxes to have a major impact.