Policies Limiting Access To Alcohol Could Cut Suicide Rate, Research Suggests

The Huffington Post (11/9, Schumaker) reports a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research reviewed 17 studies concerning the effects of alcohol policies on suicide rates, finding “that polices like alcohol taxation, limiting the number of stores that sell alcohol in a given area, increasing minimum drinking ages and restricting hours for alcohol sales were associated with lower suicide rates.” Study author Ziming Xuan said, “If one can reduce the average alcohol consumption in a population level, then ideally we can shift the [suicide] risk at a population level.”

Related Links:

— “How Little-Known Tax Laws Could Drive Down Our Suicide Rate,”Erin Schumaker, The Huffington Post, November 9, 2016.

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