Study shows strong laws mean less harm

A study out of the US in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease has shown a correlation between strong alcohol policies and a reduction in chronic liver disease.

Researchers gave states scores based on their alcohol control policies, such as taxes, retail price restrictions and hours-of-sale limits. The stronger the policies, the higher the score.

A 10-point increase in the score was associated with 9 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among all women, the investigators found. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver.

Read the research.