Like many products, the price of alcohol affects consumption, which has a direct impact on alcohol-related consequences. Research indicates that higher alcohol taxes lead to a reduction in drinking and heavy drinking, lower traffic fatality rates and some types of crime. One of the most effective ways to increase the price of alcohol is by increasing the tax on alcohol.

  • Screening – healthcare professional assesses a patient for risky substance use behaviors using standardized screening tools. Screening can occur in any healthcare setting.
  • Brief Intervention – healthcare professional engages a patient showing risky substance use behaviors in a short conversation, providing feedback and advice.
  • Referral to treatment – healthcare professional provides a referral to brief therapy or additional treatment to patients who screen in need of additional services.

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