Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association


The Effect of Strict Alcohol Policies on America's Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates

Karolyn Caprara

vol. 3, September 2010, p. 19-27


This paper was created to investigate the role that alcohol policies play on America's sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates. Alcohol consumption has been linked with risky sexual behavior and poor decision making. Risky sexual behavior includes multiple sex partners and unprotected sex; both enhancing the probability of contracting an STD. Enforcing strict alcohol policies may reduce or help control the chances of this event from occurring. This paper attempts to locate the relationship between alcohol policies (alcohol tax, legal drinking age and blood alcohol concentration level) with STD rates, specifically Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, of 15-24 year olds in America for the year 2008.


suggested citation:

Karolyn Caprara. "The Effect of Strict Alcohol Policies on America's Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates." Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association. vol. 3, September 2010, p. 19-27

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