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Is Beer Healthier than Booze? How the Change in Consumption Shares of Alcoholic Beverage Types Affects Mortality in Young People

Donald Freeman ()

No 1102, Working Papers from Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business

Abstract: This paper uses cross-state and cross-regional variation in both levels and growth rates of the shares of alcohol beverage types to ascertain the effect, if any of this variation on health outcomes related to excessive alcohol consumption, with particular focus on beer versus spirits (“hard liquor”). Some evidence is found that beer drinking is more negative for traffic fatalities and suicides for ages 15-19, but results are not conclusive. Income is a strong predictor of lower mortality.

Date: 2011-09
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