Minimum pricing - does it reduce the burden of disease and injury attributation to alcohol in Canada?

ScHARR has teamed up with colleagues at the:-

  • University of Victoria BC (Lead:  Professor Tim Stockwell);
  • University of Calgary;
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto) and the
  • Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute US

to investigate the impact of minimum pricing in one of the few countries where minimum prices of alcoholic drinks are regulated by government. While it is well-documented that alcohol use and related problems are each strongly influenced by price and that high-risk drinkers often select the cheapest alcohol, the effectiveness of minimum pricing policies for reducing alcohol related harms remains untested. Our Sheffield Alcohol Model will be adapted to the Canadian context to order to appraise the likely effects of varying future minimum price thresholds.Minimum pricing - does it reduce the burden of disease and injury attributation to alcohol in Canada?


Publications

Alcohol policy modelling reports

Hill-McManus, D., Brennan, A., Stockwell, T., Giesbrecht, N., Thomas, G., Zhao, J., Martin, G. and Wettlaufer, A. (2012) 'Model-based appraisal of alcohol minimum pricing in Ontario and British Columbia: A Canadian adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model Version 2'. Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield