Alcohol consumption in southern Sweden after major decreases in Danish spirits tax and increases in Swedish traveller's quotas
2010 (English)In: European Addiction Research, ISSN 1022-6877, E-ISSN 1421-9891, Vol. 16, no 4, 152-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background. In 2003, Denmark lowered its tax on spirits, and in 2004, Sweden increased its traveller import quotas. Aim. The aim was to determine whether these two changes increased self-reported alcohol consumption in southern Sweden, which is located near to Denmark. Method. Data were collected through telephone interviews with the general population between 2003 and 2006. People aged 16-80 years were interviewed. Some lived in southern Sweden, others in the northern region, which was assumed to be unaffected by the policy changes and thus used as a control site. Analyses were performed for the total population as well as by sex, age, socio-economic group and by consumption pattern. Results. The expected results were not found; alcohol consumption in southern Sweden had not changed. The few statistically significant changes found in southern Sweden indicated decreases. In the north, however, consumption seemed to have increased. Conclusion. In addition to the two policy changes mentioned above, other changes seem to have affected alcohol consumption in Sweden. It is possible, however, that the policy changes have affected population groups not reached by surveys, and thus other types of data need to be analysed before drawing any far-reaching conclusions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel: S. Karger AG , 2010. Vol. 16, no 4, 152-161 p.
alcohol consumption, tax decrease, increased private import quotas
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38823DOI: 10.1159/000314358ISI: 000278387100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-38823DiVA: diva2:315747
ProjectsNordic Tax Study