Senior Scientist William C. Kerr (PI)’s project tracks implementation of regulations, revenues and prices and uses state-representative cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys of Washington drinkers and residents to evaluate changes in drinking, purchasing, problems, attitudes and experiences following privatization.
The longitudinal survey follows drinkers who consume spirits to assess individual changes in purchasing practices and consumption behaviors. Kerr hopes that analyses will determine the effects of the privatization and later changes that may impact prices, sales, state revenues, drinking and purchasing patterns, experiences of alcohol-related harms, including perceived harms from other people’s drinking, and opinions regarding alcohol policies, spirits availability and prices.
The results will help inform debates and potential policy regarding government control of alcohol sales relevant to 18 remaining control states and on the three-tier system and alcohol taxation relevant to all US states.
A publication with first findings will soon be available. Keep checking back for updates or contact us for more information.