Sunday, April 18, 2004
The Finnish Alcohol Price Reduction
Tax reductions in early March have led to a major decline in alcohol prices in Finland. One effect, apparently, is more drunk driving: there has been a 20 percent increase in drunk driving arrests. A rise in drunk driving following the price reduction should be expected, alas: there is an impressive body of research documenting the inverse relationship between alcohol prices and alcohol-related harms, including drunk driving.
Vice Squad has been tracking the Finnish alcohol policy shift, most recently on April 3.