Minimum Pricing Policy over Alcohol in Canada Significantly Reduces Alcohol-Related Deaths

Minimum Pricing Policy over Alcohol in Canada Significantly Reduces Alcohol-Related DeathsLet it be any country in the world, alcohol is known as one of the foremost causes of death.

Recently, a research was carried out by Dr. Tim Stockwell, director of the University of Victoria's Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia to study the negative relation between increased alcohol price and diminished alcohol related deaths.

It was about the minimum pricing policy for alcohol that was introduced in Canada a short time back due to which, a reduction in the number of alcohol-related deaths has been noticed in the province.

The Scottish government was preparing to introduce a similar policy and therefore, they carried out a survey to study the effects of this policy in Canada.

As told by the author of the Canadian research, Dr Tim Stockwell to BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland program, whenever the price of alcohol is increased, the number of alcohol related deaths goes down.

In a number of cases when deaths are entirely caused by alcohol like due to alcoholic poisoning, alcoholic gastritis deaths linked to the coroner or physician to alcohol dependence; such a policy brings out favorable results.

In British Columbia also, with an increase in the price of alcohol, there has been noticed a significant breakdown in the rates of mortality.