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Effects of Sunday sales restrictions on overall and day-specific alcohol consumption: evidence from Canada.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19118401     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the effect of Sunday alcohol-sales policies on day-specific and overall alcohol consumption. METHOD: Individual-level data on overall and day-specific alcohol consumption from Canada's National Population Health Surveys, 1994-1999, were linked to province-level policy variation in whether a Sunday sales restriction was present. We compared individuals in provinces with sales restrictions with those in provinces without such restrictions, and we estimated models of day-specific and overall alcohol consumption. We used a standard cross-section model as well as a quasi-experimental approach that relied on Ontario's liberalization of Sunday sales in 1997. RESULTS: Sunday sales were associated with a significant increase in drinking on Sundays of 7% to 15%. We found evidence of substitution away from drinking on Saturdays and no evidence for increases in overall drinking. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that repealing Sunday sales prohibitions is unlikely to result in increased overall alcohol consumption, although such liberalization may change the within-week distribution.
Christopher S Carpenter; Daniel Eisenberg
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs     Volume:  70     ISSN:  1937-1888     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-01     Completed Date:  2009-03-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101295847     Medline TA:  J Stud Alcohol Drugs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Economics/Public Policy, The Paul Merage School of Business, 428 SB, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California 92697-3125, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
Alcoholic Beverages / supply & distribution*
Canada / epidemiology
Commerce / legislation & jurisprudence*
Health Surveys
Middle Aged
Time Factors

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