Tagged: Alcohol

Reducing the alcohol purchase age and risky driving - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 07, 2017

Reducing the alcohol purchase age from 20 to 18 did not increase the number of road accidents. If anything, risky driving dropped for a while. Stefan Boes and Steve Stillman have updated their earlier work (noted here) on New Zealand’s alcohol purchase age to bring in some more recent accident data to allow for longer term trends. It’s … Read More

Maybe moderate drinking isn’t so good for you after all - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 04, 2017

By Andy Towers, Massey University We generally assume moderate drinking (two standard drinks per day) is good for our health. This idea comes from studies over the past three decades showing moderate drinkers are healthier and less likely to die prematurely than those who drink more, less, or don’t drink at all. I would be glad if this … Read More

Weird Science: We got ship-wrecked after sinking the world’s oldest beer - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 30, 2016

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of…beer? It might not be the first thing you’d expect to find in a 220-year-old shipwreck, but that’s what divers pulled from the wreck of the Sydney Cove, one of the first merchant ships to journey to the newly formed colony of Sydney in 1797. For nearly two centuries, bottles of the ancient ale lay buried … Read More

Alcohol restrictions: Availability theory and inventories - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 06, 2016

It never made sense to me that restricting bottle shop hours would have any particular effect on alcohol consumption. It’s an empirical question obviously, but surely people hold inventories against periods of lack of supply. The only time I was caught out was when I didn’t know that Virginia ended bottle sales at 10pm when I was a grad … Read More

The ever-reliable Alcohol Healthwatch on teen drinking - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 20, 2016

Whatever the survey, Alcohol Healthwatch is going to say it shows that the government needs to crack down on booze. From RNZ’s reporting on the latest survey: An alcohol watchdog hopes a survey that shows more than one in four teens aged between 15 and 17 often drink a risky amount of alcohol serves as a sharp wake-up call. Read More

Alcohol and mortality, yet again - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 02, 2016

In a recent Dominion Post editorial Doug Sellman’s right about one thing: alcohol consumption does increase your risk of cancer. But unless your family history of cancer gives you a lot more to worry about than your family history of heart disease, you should be looking at the stats on all-source mortality rather than the stats for any particular disorder. The … Read More