State-specific liquor excise taxes and retail prices in 8 US States, 2012

Michael Siegel, Jody Grundman, William Dejong, Timothy S. Naimi, Charles King, Alison B. Albers, Rebecca S. Williams, David H. Jernigan

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The authors investigated the relationship between state excise taxes and liquor prices in 8 states, using 2012 data for 45 brands. The authors made 6042 price observations among 177 liquor stores with online prices. Using a hierarchical model, the authors examined the relationship between excise taxes and product prices. State excise taxes were significantly related to liquor prices, with an estimated pass-through rate of 0.93. The proportion of price accounted for by excise taxes averaged 7.0%. The authors find that excise taxes do increase the price of alcohol, but states are not taking advantage of this opportunity to reduce alcohol-related morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-421
Number of pages7
JournalSubstance Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • alcohol brands
  • excise taxes
  • price
  • states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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