Cigarette Taxes Slow Down Binge Drinkers

August 13, 2013 Taxation in USA

Binge DrinkingNEW HAVEN – New research has illustrated the strong link between alcohol use and smoking, highlighting the effect of cigarette taxes on alcohol consumption.

On August 12th the results of a new study completed by researchers from the Yale School of Medicine were released in the medical journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, showing that taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products not only reduce the instance of smoking but also cut down the frequency and severity of binge drinking.

The new research is based on surveys conducted in 2001 and 2004 on nearly 21 500 daily smokers across 46 states in the USA.

According to the research, in the states where tobacco tax was increased, on average, smokers consumed alcohol 25 percent less often and consumed 10 percent less alcohol in one session.

Summarizing the results of the study, the co-author Sherry A. McKee said “…what our analysis shows is an association between increasing cigarette tax and decreasing (alcohol consumption) among … male smokers, male hazardous drinkers, and young adult smokers in particular.”

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