Economic evidence to support alcohol policy

Learn how governments can implement cost-effective and cost-saving policy measures to reduce alcohol consumption

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What economic evidence exists in support of alcohol policy approaches?

Listed below are various cost-effective and cost-saving policy measures to reduce alcohol consumption:

  • Taxation of alcohol is found to be a cost-effective and cost-saving approach to reducing alcohol consumption and harm1
  • Minimum pricing of alcohol is found to be a cost-effective and cost-saving approach to reducing alcohol consumption and harm2
  • Complete bans on alcohol advertising are cost-effective and cost-saving. However, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness decrease dramatically with partial advertising bans3
  • Reducing hours and days of sale is found to be cost-effective and may reduce harms from alcohol4

References
1- Burton, R, Henn, C, Lavoie, D, O’Connor, R, Perkins, C, Sweeney, K et al. (2017). A rapid review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies: an English perspective. Lancet, 389, 1558-80.
2- Ibid
3- Ibid
4- Ibid