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Project

Examining the Relationship Between Alcohol Policies and Violence

Market
Workforce Development Practice Areas
Services
Research Services
Surveys & Data Collection
Client
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Expertise
Survey Research and Data Collection
Quantitative Data Analysis

Few public health issues have proved as challenging as the quest to determine whether government policies aimed at reducing alcohol consumption in the U.S. would in turn reduce various types of violence that may result in injury or death. While there is strong documented association between alcohol use and violence, there is no strong evidence of a causal link between alcohol consumption and violence. Prior related studies have faced substantial challenges in compiling complete, valid, and reliable measures of the full range of policies and regulatory initiatives that may be implemented by States and other jurisdictions to reduce alcohol related violence and its costs.  For the Division of Violence Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, IMPAQ developed an improved statistical approach for estimating this relationship, examining alcohol policies developed and implemented by multiple levels of government and for multiple types of violence.