Study: Sugary Drink Consumption Down by Half in Berkeley Since Soda Tax Implemented

February 22, 2019

Since Berkeley passed a tax on sugary beverages, researchers at the School of Public Health have been studying its ongoing effects in the city and the Bay Area. The team of researchers from UC Berkeley is working in partnership with UCSF, Stanford, and UC Davis to study the tax impact. Researchers include Kristen Madsen of the School of Public Health.

Madsen, director of the Berkeley Food Institute, said researchers found that residents cut their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by 52 percent after the tax went into effect in 2015. She also said this means soda taxes encourage people to hydrate in a healthier way and could reduce medical conditions like diabetes, obesity and chronic heart disease. Her research was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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