- Funding: NIAAA P50 AA005595
- Principal Investigator: Nina Mulia
It is known that broad, evidence-based public health interventions do not always benefit all segments of the population. In some cases, such interventions result in unintended consequences, creating even greater health disparities. While alcohol policy interventions are a vital tool for reducing excessive drinking and alcohol problems, they have not often been used to mitigate alcohol-related disparities. To use policy interventions to address such disparities, policymakers first need to know whether and which alcohol policies have the effect of both increasing population health and health equity.
Focusing on important upstream and downstream policies that seek to transform the alcohol environment and access to treatment services, this research component aims to determine which policies are most and least effective for different populations. It also aims to estimate the reduction in disparities associated with hypothetical policy changes implemented across the U.S. The resulting information will help policymakers weigh specific policy interventions and combinations of interventions to improve population health and reduce disparities.