Year of Publication



Public Health

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Degree Name

Dr. of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Julia Costitch

Committee Member

Dr. Keith Knapp

Committee Member

Dr. Sabrina Brown


Objectives: This study examines the association of an additional excise tax on alcoholic beverages in Georgetown, Kentucky with alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Evaluate the additional benefits of the excise tax on the community of Georgetown, Kentucky.

Methods: Using an interrupted time series design, this study compares alcohol-related crash statistics from two similar cities based on 126 months of data from the Kentucky State Police. Analyses included linear regression and Poisson models to evaluate the data in each city to determine population-wide results.

Results: Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes immediately declined (-12.5%) in Georgetown following the implementation of the excise tax and remained below the previous rates for the remainder of the study. Excise taxes on alcohol produced revenue that can be used in a variety of ways to improve the community.

Conclusions: An increase in alcohol taxes was associated with reduced mortality and could provide greater financial opportunities for cities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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