Tagged: Alcohol

Better health and diet well before conception results in healthier pregnancies - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 24, 2018

Gita Mishra, The University of Queensland and Judith Stephenson, UCL This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Maternal and child health in Australia, like most countries, has traditionally focused on health during pregnancy and in the early years of life. But this approach may be missing a key opportunity … Read More

A public health perspective on taxing harmful products - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 17, 2018

Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Tony Blakely, Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Linda Cobiac, Dr Nhung Nghiem, Dr Anja Mizdrak, Dr Cristina Cleghorn The New Zealand Government has set up a Tax Working Group to consider reforms of the tax system. In this blog we briefly discuss some of the opportunities for tax reform that will potentially improve health and lower … Read More

Choice of baseline matters - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 17, 2018

Looks like folks are back to arguing about whether there’s a J-curve in alcohol consumption. The J-curve plots out the relationship between all-cause mortality and drinking. Non-drinkers are at the left-hand upwards tip of the J, light-to-moderate drinkers are in the dip, then heavy drinkers are in the upwards tilt at the right hand side. And the ballpark numbers I … Read More

Drug use can have social benefits, and acknowledging this could improve rehabilitation - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 04, 2018

Jennifer Power, La Trobe University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Illicit drug use is often framed in terms of risk and antisocial or criminal behaviour. But drug use is often a highly social activity. For many people, the pleasure of using drugs is about social connection as much … Read More

Rational addiction and Naloxone - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 12, 2018

Suppose for a moment that addicts are rational and that we’re really in a Becker-Murphy world. What happens in that world if a new technology makes it safer to consume an addictive product? If you’re overdosing on opioids, Naloxone can save your life. The easier is access to Naloxone, the less likely addicts are to die if they have an … Read More

Four ways alcohol is bad for your health - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 08, 2018

Steve Allsop, Curtin University; Eveline Lensvelt, Curtin University, and Tanya Chikritzhs, Curtin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. In Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day. While drinking has declined in some … Read More

Cannabis Cross-price Elasticities - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 19, 2018

It’s been a bit of an open question whether legalised marijuana would lead to more or less alcohol use.  If the two goods are complements, say if people liked drinking while consuming cannabis, then any increase in cannabis use could yield greater alcohol use. If they were substitutes and people smoked instead of drinking, alcohol use could drop. RAND … Read More

Sleepwalking, Sex, and Murder: Part Two - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 09, 2018

Part One in this Sleepwalking Saga can be read here. The Sleep Centre Thinking I’d benefit from a hands-on experience of sleep studies, I contacted a sleep clinic. According to their website, the clinic staff perform a “wide range of home sleep tests for snoring, sleep apnoea, sleep/wake cycles, restless legs, and other sleep disorders.” … Read More

NZ Health Survey drinking statistics - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 20, 2017

The Press reports that the new NZ Health Survey data is up. Smoking rates are down; obesity’s up. Here’s how they describe the drinking stats: Meanwhile, 748,000 people, or 19.5 per cent of the adult population are considered “hazardous drinkers”, according to a World Health Organisation definition, which takes into account a combination of factors including binge drinking, dependency, … Read More

Quality matters: alcohol edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 23, 2017

I’ve noted John Gibson’s work showing that standard demand estimation techniques overestimate the price elasticity of demand for sugary drinks, and consequently overestimate the effects of soda taxes. Gibson shows that, because most empirical work uses household expenditure on the product category divided by some measure of average price, that work bunches together consumer shifts along both quality and quantity … Read More