Strong Alcohol Laws Associated with Lower Cirrhosis Deaths
States with strong alcohol laws have a lower amount of cirrhosis deaths, according to a collaborative study conducted by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Health, and George State University.
The researchers first analyzed each states Alcohol Policy Scale score, which shows how strong state’s alcohol policies are. They found that states with a higher score had a 9 percent decrease in cirrhosis death rates among women. This correlation was the strongest in the Northeastern states.
The study also analyzed cirrhosis death rates and the Alcohol Policy Scale scores in Non-American Indians and Alaska Native decedents. They found that a higher Alcohol Policy Scale score in these environments was associated with an 11 percent decrease in cirrhosis deaths in men and women.
It has previously been found that strong alcohol laws lead to a better environment for many people, with less domestic violence, theft and other crimes.