Tough alcohol policies linked to lower death rates from liver damage

Tough alcohol policies linked to lower death rates from liver damage
Findings dovetail with prior research that has shown tighter rules associated with less binge drinking.

(HealthDay)—States with strong alcohol control policies have lower death rates connected to alcohol-related liver damage, a new study finds.

Researchers gave states scores based on their alcohol control policies, such as taxes, retail price restrictions and hours-of-sale limits. The stronger the policies, the higher the score.

A 10-point increase in the score was associated with 9 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among all women, the investigators found. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.

When American Indian/Alaska Natives were not included, a 10-point increase in a state's alcohol policy score was associated with 11 percent fewer deaths in both sexes, and 18 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among women alone, the findings showed.

The strongest link between alcohol policies and death rates was in the northeastern United States, according to study author Dr. Scott Hadland, of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues from Boston University School of Health and Georgia State University.

However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between stronger alcohol control policies and lower liver-related .

The study was published online Oct. 15 in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

The results also add to recent research showing that stronger state alcohol control policies are associated with lower rates of binge drinking, the study authors noted in a journal news release.


Explore further

Rates of drunk driving tied to state alcohol policies, study finds

More information: The American Liver Foundation has more about alcohol-related liver disease.

Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Tough alcohol policies linked to lower death rates from liver damage (2015, October 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-10-tough-alcohol-policies-linked-death.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
29 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Oct 15, 2015
I look forward to the day when breweries are banned, and we have one step closer to a rational civilization.

Currently, about 5% of people use illegal recreational drugs, while about 40% of people use each legal recreational drug regularly.

So if we banned alcohol, considering all the drunk driving related deaths and injuries, imagine if you had that 7/8 reduction in use, you might also get a 7/8 reduction in deaths and injuries. That would be like 9,000 lives saved per year and about another 26,000 injuries prevented.

You people want to claim I don't care about life?

Look what I just did. I can save 9k American lives per year, plus 26k injuries. Think of all the kids that would get to grow up instead of dying earlier so you people can have a buzz.

American Alcohol companies kill more Americans every year than muslims have killed in the past 15 years, and that's not even counting liver disease...

And nobody even says anything about it.

That disgusts me.

Oct 15, 2015
Both your car insurance and medical insurance would be a hell of a lot cheaper if Tobacco and Alcohol were banned.

Mr. President, as your common sense, self-appointed national security advisor, I would like to point out that you could have saved about 72,000 US lives in your two terms just by banning alcohol...no tax dollars spending needed...just a simple constitutional amendment re-instating prohibition, and you would be the life-saving-est president ever...

That would make Obama-care look like small potatoes.

But we all know how this works. Governments actually use alcohol to keep the population drugged and stupid, and to extract extra tax dollars from said drugged and stupid population.

Works like this:
1, Legalize alcohol
2, Get as many people addicted as possible
3, Tax it
4, women's organizations complain
5, write tickets as a false pretense to appease MADD, and make more dough in the process.
6, repeat the evil hypocritical cycle.

Oct 15, 2015
Of course, this being the godless and corrupt civlization that it is, nobody gives a damn about anyone getting killed or maimed in a car accident by a drunk, until it happens to them or their family member.

"Drink Responsibly." - Paid for by the breweries.

Nobody drinks responsibly, and that isn't going to change, and you hypocrites don't want it to change.

I live in Louisiana, where young adults drive from the north shore to NOLA for hte sole purpose of getting as drunk as humanly possible, and then they drive back...4 people in the car, all drunk...and the cops have to scrape them off a tree or a railing, or pull them out of river because they wen't over the railing and drowned while they were half-conscious from being drunk anyway.

Oct 18, 2015
Yeah...and prohibition has always worked. Riiiiight! And 10492 deaths due to gun related incidents this year so far is not something to look into? What about diet related death and disease like diabetes and heart disease?
Number of US deaths from diabetes per year: 75,578
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually. Ban Sugar, anything fried in Crisco, and bullets and you've got yourself an overpopulated utopia.

(CDC, NCHS. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. )


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more