Reducing Binge Drinking? The Effect of a Ban on Late-Night Off-Premise Alcohol Sales on Alcohol-Related Hospital Stays in Germany

61 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2015

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Jan Marcus

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

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Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Excessive alcohol consumption among young people is a major public health concern. On March 1, 2010, the German state of Baden-Württemberg banned the sale of alcoholic beverages between 10pm and 5am at off-premise outlets (e.g., gas stations, kiosks, supermarkets). We use rich monthly administrative data from a 70 percent random sample of all hospitalizations during the years 2007-2011 in Germany in order to evaluate the short-term impact of this policy on alcohol-related hospitalizations. Applying difference-in-differences methods, we find that the policy change reduces alcohol-related hospitalizations among adolescents and young adults by about seven percent. There is also evidence of a decrease in the number of hospitalizations due to violent assault as a result of the ban.

Keywords: Binge drinking, drinking hours, alcohol control policies, difference-in-differences, hospital diagnosis statistics, alcohol

JEL Classification: I12, I18, D04

Suggested Citation

Marcus, Jan and Siedler, Thomas, Reducing Binge Drinking? The Effect of a Ban on Late-Night Off-Premise Alcohol Sales on Alcohol-Related Hospital Stays in Germany (January 2015). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1443. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2553193 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2553193

Jan Marcus (Contact Author)

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Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

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University of Essex ( email )

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