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Alcohol Alcohol. 2011 Mar-Apr;46(2):200-3. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agr001. Epub 2011 Jan 27.

Decline in alcohol consumption in Estonia: combined effects of strengthened alcohol policy and economic downturn.

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Department of Public Health, University of Tartu, Ravila 19, Tartu 50411, Estonia. taavi.lai@ut.ee

Abstract

AIMS:

To describe alcohol policy changes in parallel to consumption changes in 2005-2010 in Estonia, where alcohol consumption is among the highest in Europe.

METHODS:

Review of pertinent legislation and literature.

RESULTS:

Alcohol consumption decreased since 2008, while alcohol excise tax, sales time restrictions and ad bans have increased since 2005. An economic downturn started in 2008.

CONCLUSION:

The precise roles of policy changes and the economic downturn in the decline of alcohol consumption, and whether the decrease will be sustained, are still unclear.

PMID:
21273300
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agr001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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