Sugary Drinks > Studies

The consumption of sugary drinks has risen dramatically over the last decades, paralleling the trends in the growing prevalence of obesity in the population. Numerous studies examine the impact of sugary drinks from many perspectives and the effects of taxing them. We include some of the most recent here. For synopses of older research, click here.


April: Changes in prices, sales, consumer spending, and beverage consumption one year after a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, California, US: A before-and-after study, Lynn D. Silver et al., PLOS Medicine

February: In Mexico, Evidence of Sustained Consumer Response Two Years After Implementing A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax, M. Arantxa Cochero et al., Health Affairs


December: Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Obesity and Diabetes? Industry and the Manufacture of Scientific Controversy, Dean Schillinger et al., Annals of Internal Medicine

December: The impact of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages according to socio-economic positition: a systematic review of the evidence, Kathryn Backholer et al., Public Health Nutrition

November: Projected Impact of Mexico's Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Policy on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: A Modeling Study, Luz Maria Sanchez-Romero et al., PLOS Medicine

August: Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption, Jennifer Falbe et al., American Journal of Public Health

May: Modelling the potential impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on stroke mortality, costs and health-adjusted life years in South Africa, M. Manyema et al., BMC Public Health

April: The Impact of a Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on Health and Health Care Costs: A Modelling Study, J. Lennert Veerman et al., PLOS ONE

January: Beverage purchases from stores in Mexico under the excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages: observational study, M. Arantxa Cochero et al., BMJ


November: Three Interventions That Reduce Childhood Obesity Are Projected To Save More Than They Cost To Implement, Steven L. Gortmaker et al., Health Affairs

July: Cost Effectiveness of a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Excise Tax in the U.S., MW Long et al., American Journal of Preventative Medicine


April: Employment impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, Lisa Powell et al., American Journal of Public Health