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Meier, Petra and Holmes, John and Angus, Colin and Ally, Abdallah and Meng, Yang and Brennan, Alan (2016) Estimated effects of different alcohol taxation and price policies on health inequalities: a mathematical modelling study. PLoS ONE , 13 , (2) , e1001963. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001963.

URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=1...

While evidence that alcohol pricing policies reduce alcohol-related health harm is robust, and alcohol taxation increases are a WHO “best buy” intervention, there is a lack of research comparing the scale and distribution across society of health impacts arising from alternative tax and price policy options. The aim of this study is to test whether four common alcohol taxation and pricing strategies differ in their impact on health inequalities.

Our model estimates that, compared to tax increases under the current system or introducing taxation based on product value, alcohol-content-based taxation or minimum unit pricing would lead to larger reductions in health inequalities across income groups. We also estimate that alcohol-content-based taxation and minimum unit pricing would have the largest impact on harmful drinking, with minimal effects on those drinking in moderation.


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