No youth health benefit after alcopops tax hike in Australia

Kisely S.R., Pais J., White A. et al.  ‘Effect of the increase in ‘alcopops’ tax on alcohol-related harms in young people: a controlled interrupted time series‘. Medical Journal of Australia: 2011, 195(11), p. 690–693.

A tax rise on ‘alcopops’ was on the agenda in Britain until they fell out of favour among young drinkers. Australia did however increase tax by a huge 70%. This study found no impact on short-term alcohol-related harm among the young revellers of its Gold Coast district, but probably there were broader benefits from reduced drinking.