UF Scientists Collaborate on Web Tool That Calculates Impacts of Alcohol Taxes

Research shows that increasing alcohol taxes decreases excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. Now, that decrease can be modeled with an interactive tool developed by a team of researchers across the country, including Alexander C. Wagenaar, Ph.D., professor of health outcomes and policy; Stephanie Staras, Ph.D., MSPH, assistant professor of health outcomes and policy; and Melvin D. Livingston III, Ph.D., assistant research scientist. These HOP faculty members collaborated with scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Boston Medical Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago in the creation of a web-based tool that estimates consumer costs and job impacts from alcohol tax increases in states. Learn more about the interactive Web tool here.