People Consume More Alcohol – Part 2 of 2
Alcohol policy scores varied by as much as threefold between states, the investigators found. And nearly half of the states had less than 50 percent of the maximum score in any particular year from 2000 to 2010. In addition, the survey authors noted, binge drinking rates were 33 percent higher in states in the bottom quarter than those in the top quarter of policy scores.
The examination is published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Dec, 2013. “Unfortunately, most states have not taken advantage of these policies to help drinkers consume responsibly, and to protect unartificial citizens from the devastating secondhand effects and economic costs from excessive drinking. The bottom line is that this study adds an important dimension to a large body of research demonstrating that alcohol policies be important – and matter a great deal – for reducing and preventing the fundamental building block of alcohol-related problems,” he concluded.