Effect of the increase in “alcopops” tax on alcohol-related harms in young people: a controlled interrupted time series

Kisely, Steve R., Pais, Joanne, White, Angela, Connor, Jason, Quek, Lake-Hui, Crilly, Julia L. and Lawrence, David (2011) Effect of the increase in “alcopops” tax on alcohol-related harms in young people: a controlled interrupted time series. Medical Journal of Australia, 195 11-12: 690-693. doi:10.5694/mja10.10865

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Author Kisely, Steve R.
Pais, Joanne
White, Angela
Connor, Jason
Quek, Lake-Hui
Crilly, Julia L.
Lawrence, David
Title Effect of the increase in “alcopops” tax on alcohol-related harms in young people: a controlled interrupted time series
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Publication date 2011-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5694/mja10.10865
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 195
Issue 11-12
Start page 690
End page 693
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective:
To measure alcohol-related harms to the health of young people presenting to emergency departments (EDs) of Gold Coast public hospitals before and after the increase in the federal government “alcopops” tax in 2008.

Design, setting and participants:

Interrupted time series analysis over 5 years (28 April 2005 to 27 April 2010) of 15–29-year-olds presenting to EDs with alcohol-related harms compared with presentations of selected control groups.

Main outcome measures:

Proportion of 15–29-year-olds presenting to EDs with alcohol-related harms compared with (i) 30–49-year-olds with alcohol-related harms, (ii)15–29-year-olds with asthma or appendicitis, and (iii) 15–29-year-olds with any non-alcohol and non-injury related ED presentation.

Results:

Over a third of 15–29-year-olds presented to ED with alcohol-related conditions, as opposed to around a quarter for all other age groups. There was no significant decrease in alcohol-related ED presentations of 15–29-year-olds compared with any of the control groups after the increase in the tax. We found similar results for males and females, narrow and broad definitions of alcohol-related harms, under-19s, and visitors to and residents of the Gold Coast.

Conclusions:

The increase in the tax on alcopops was not associated with any reduction in alcohol-related harms in this population in a unique tourist and holiday region. A more comprehensive approach to reducing alcohol harms in young people is needed.
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