Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control / Edition 1

Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control / Edition 1

by Philip J. Cook
ISBN-10:
0691125201
ISBN-13:
2900691125205
Pub. Date:
07/16/2007
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Paying the Tab: The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Control / Edition 1

What drug provides Americans with the greatest pleasure and the greatest pain? The answer, hands down, is alcohol. The pain comes not only from drunk driving and lost lives but also addiction, family strife, crime, violence, poor health, and squandered human potential. Young and old, drinkers and abstainers alike, all are affected. Every American is paying for alcohol abuse.

Paying the Tab, the first comprehensive analysis of this complex policy issue, calls for broadening our approach to curbing destructive drinking. Over the last few decades, efforts to reduce the societal costs—curbing youth drinking and cracking down on drunk driving—have been somewhat effective, but woefully incomplete. In fact, American policymakers have ignored the influence of the supply side of the equation. Beer and liquor are far cheaper and more readily available today than in the 1950s and 1960s.

Philip Cook's well-researched and engaging account chronicles the history of our attempts to "legislate morality," the overlooked lessons from Prohibition, and the rise of Alcoholics Anonymous. He provides a thorough account of the scientific evidence that has accumulated over the last twenty-five years of economic and public-health research, which demonstrates that higher alcohol excise taxes and other supply restrictions are effective and underutilized policy tools that can cut abuse while preserving the pleasures of moderate consumption. Paying the Tab makes a powerful case for a policy course correction. Alcohol is too cheap, and it's costing all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900691125205
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/16/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

CHAPTER 1: Introduction 1

PART I Rise and Fall of Alcohol Control 11

CHAPTER 2: A Brief History of the Supply Side 13

CHAPTER 3: The Alcoholism Movement 34

PART II Evidence of Effectiveness 47

CHAPTER 4: Drinking: A Primer 49

CHAPTER 5: Prices and Quantities 65

CHAPTER 6: Alcohol Control as Injury Prevention 82

CHAPTER 7: Long-Term Effects: Hearts and Minds 107

CHAPTER 8: The Drinker's Bonus 120

PART III Assessing Policy Options 131

CHAPTER 9: Evaluating Interventions 133

CHAPTER 10: Regulating Supply 148

CHAPTER 11: Taxing the Alcohol Industry 165

CHAPTER 12: Youth as a Special Case 179

CHAPTER 13: Alcohol-Control Policy for the Twenty-First Century 196

Methodological Appendix 203

Notes 207

References 221

Index 249

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