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Posts from — December 2015

Liquor taxes and sexually transmitted infections

December 17, 2015

New York Times Blog December 17, 2015 Maryland increased its liquor taxes in 2011 and a sharp decrease in the rate of new gonorrhea infections immediately followed. Researchers have determined that the two events are closely linked. The study, in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, used three control groups to exclude other explanations for the […]... Read more »

An Increase in Alcohol Tax Appears to Have Decreased Gonorrhea Rates in Maryland by 24 Percent

December 11, 2015

“If policymakers are looking for methods to protect young people from harmful STIs, they should consider raising alcohol taxes, which have decreased remarkably over the years due to inflation,” ... Read more »

Study ties MD alcohol tax increase to decline in gonorrhea cases

Baltimore Sun December 9, 2015 By Scott Dance Sexually transmitted diseases didn’t factor heavily into the debate when state lawmakers approved an increase in the sales tax on alcohol four years ago. But research published Wednesday suggests a surprising consequence to the levy: thousands of fewer cases of gonorrhea. Maryland recorded 7,400 cases of the […]... Read more »

Report: MD alcohol tax linked to gonorrhea decline

WMDT December 9, 2015 By Greg Guidone MARYLAND –In 2011, Maryland hiked its alcohol tax by 50%, from 6% to 9% percent. While it has hit drinkers in their bottom lines, a new study shows it’s having a positive impact when it comes to public health. According to a new study released by the “Maryland […]... Read more »

Report says alcohol tax hike caused drop in sex disease rates

The study also estimated the decrease in gonorrhea rates led to a savings of more than $500,000 in medical expenses...... Read more »

Read the latest report on the impact of our work!

December 9, 2015

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a study on the impact of Maryland’s alcohol sales tax increase that directly resulted from our work with the Lorraine Sheehan Coalition of public health, substance abuse, mental health and developmental disabilities advocates across the state to raise funds for important public programs. (Click here to view campaign […]... Read more »

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Alcohol Taxes Lead to Decrease in Gonorrhea in Maryland: New Study Shows Public Health Benefits of Maryland's 2011 Alcohol Sales Tax Increase... Read more »