Alcohol Consumption and Body Weight J. Catherine Maclean, M.A. Addiction Health Services Research Conference October 24-26, 2005 Santa Monica, CA. Health Economics Research Group. Motivation.
Alcohol Consumption and Body WeightJ. Catherine Maclean, M.A.Addiction Health Services Research ConferenceOctober 24-26, 2005Santa Monica, CA
Health Economics Research Group
Relative price of alcohol has fallen over past several decades
Theory tells us that individuals will consume more alcohol in the new economic environment
Alcohol is both a high calorie beverage and an intoxicating and addictive substance that can affect individuals’ cognitive processes and ability to evaluate costs and benefits
If alcohol use is identified as a risk factor for elevated weight status through its influence on rationality, policies to reduce alcohol consumption may increase social welfare