Alcohol Prohibition and Cirrhosis

44 Pages Posted: 11 May 2003 Last revised: 16 Jun 2022

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Angela K. Dills

Western Carolina University

Jeffrey A. Miron

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

This paper uses state-level data on cirrhosis death rates to examine the impact of state prohibitions, pre-1920 federal anti-alcohol policies, and constitutional prohibition on cirrhosis State prohibitions had a minimal impact on cirrhosis, especially during the pre-1920 period. Pre-1920 federal anti-alcohol policies may have contributed to the decline in cirrhosis that occurred before 1920, although other factors were likely substantial influences as well. Constitutional prohibition reduced cirrhosis by about 10-20 percent.

Suggested Citation

Dills, Angela K. and Miron, Jeffrey A., Alcohol Prohibition and Cirrhosis (May 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9681, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=406053

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Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

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