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Changes in volume of drinking after changes in alcohol taxes and travellers' allowances: results from a panel study

Pia Makela, Kim Bloomfield, Nina-Katri Gustafsson, Petri Huhtanen, Robin Room



AIMS: The aim of this paper is to study short-term changes in alcohol consumption by subgroups of the population in Denmark, Finland and southern Sweden following large-scale decreases in alcohol taxation in Denmark and Finland and large increases in travellers' allowances in Finland and Sweden. DESIGN: General population random samples surveyed before and after the changes, using northern Sweden as a control site. SETTING: Denmark, Finland, southern Sweden and northern Sweden. PARTICIPANTS: Respondents aged 16-69 years. MEASUREMENTS: Volume of drinking is the main measure reported. Changes are examined by gender, age, income and year 2003 consumption level. RESULTS: Consumption decreased or..

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