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Stricter alcohol laws save lives — but for women more than men.

That’s the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. A team led by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Boston University School of Public Health found that women are less likely to die from alcoholic cirrhosis in states where it is harder to buy booze or where drunk driving is more severely punished.


For men, however, state laws had no significant effect on rates of death from this liver disease.

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