Booze tax could make us all healthier. Well, perhaps.

on 24/09/10 at 6:32 pm

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Higher price of alcohol linked to less crime, fewer STDs and car crashes, study finds.

Increasing the tax on alcohol could have a slew of public health benefits, according to a new study.

Boosting the price of booze could decrease the incidence of alcohol-related deaths and car crashes, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and lower violence and crime, the researchers say.

“Thousands of lives could be saved and millions of health care costs, many millions of health care costs averted if the taxes were adjusted to stay up with inflation, for example, or raised a notch,” said study researcher Alexander Wagenaar, professor of health outcomes and policy at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

There is a well-known link between the cost of alcohol and how much people drink, Wagenaar said.

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