Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control by Philip J. Cook

By Philip J. Cook

What drug offers americans with the best excitement and the best discomfort? the reply, fingers down, is alcohol. The discomfort comes not just from inebriated using and misplaced lives but additionally habit, relatives strife, crime, violence, bad well-being, and squandered human power. old and young, drinkers and abstainers alike, all are affected. each American is procuring alcohol abuse.

Paying the Tab, the 1st entire research of this advanced coverage factor, demands broadening our method of curtailing damaging ingesting. during the last few many years, efforts to minimize the societal costs--curbing formative years consuming and cracking down on under the influence of alcohol driving--have been slightly potent, yet woefully incomplete. in reality, American policymakers have overlooked the impact of the availability aspect of the equation. Beer and liquor are a ways more cost-effective and extra available at the present time than within the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.

Philip Cook's well-researched and interesting account chronicles the background of our makes an attempt to "legislate morality," the missed classes from Prohibition, and the increase of Alcoholics nameless. He offers an intensive account of the medical facts that has accrued over the past twenty-five years of financial and public-health learn, which demonstrates that better alcohol excise taxes and different offer regulations are powerful and underutilized coverage instruments which could lower abuse whereas holding the pleasures of reasonable intake. Paying the Tab makes a robust case for a coverage direction correction. Alcohol is just too affordable, and it's costing we all.

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