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Public Health England. (2016) The public health burden of alcohol: evidence review. London: Public Health England. 241 p.

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This review was commissioned by the Department of Health, which asked Public Health England to provide an overview of alcohol-related harm in England and possible policy solutions. It provides a broad and rigorous summary of the types and prevalence of alcohol-related harm, as well as presenting evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies. The statistical data has also been provided on the estimated number of working years of life lost in 2015 due to alcohol, broken down by cause of death.

Reflecting three key influencers of alcohol consumption – price (affordability), ease of purchase (availability) and the social norms around its consumption (acceptability) – an extensive array of policies have been developed with the primary aim of reducing the public health burden of alcohol. The present review evaluates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of each of these policy approaches.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Public Health England
Date:December 2016
Pages:241 p.
Publisher:Public Health England
Corporate Creators:Public Health England
Place of Publication:London
Notes:Updated on 10 August 2018 with figures in ‘Taxation and price regulation’ chapter in line with changes to the primary literature.
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Public health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care economics
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Labour and work > Work-related substance issue
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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