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Study: Higher alcohol prices may lead to decrease in deaths

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FOX - An increase in alcohol price may lead to fewer deaths among consumers.

Canadian researchers found deaths caused by alcohol dropped between 2002 and 2009 in the western province of British Columbia when the minimum alcohol price there was increased.  Meanwhile, alcohol-related deaths rose in that same area when more private alcohol stores were opened.

The study suggests that increasing the minimum price of alcohol by 10  percent can lead to significant drops in drink-related deaths, as well as possibly providing long-term beneficial health effects.

The United States does not currently set a minimum alcohol price.  However, the British government says it plans to introduce a minimum price on alcohol to try to clamp down on binge drinking.

Earlier research conducted by the same team found that each 10 percent increase in the minimum price of alcohol led people to drink 3.4 percent less alcohol overall.

You can view the entire report in the journal, "Addiction."

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