Cigarette Taxes Linked To Decrease In Binge Drinking Among Men

Increased cigarette taxes have been linked to a decrease in binge drinking episodes among male smokers, MedPage Today reported.

In a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, researchers from Yale University found that binge drinking decreased by 22 percent among men living in states that implemented cigarette tax hikes, compared to male smokers in other states. Furthermore, men hit with the tax hikes also reported drinking less alcohol overall.

Researchers gathered data from two prospective surveys of 21,473 alcohol drinkers from 2001 to 2002 and 2004 to 2005. Frequency of drinking and smoking was self-reported by the study’s participants, and only people who described themselves as daily smokers were considered “smokers” for the study’s purposes.

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