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Wood, Sarah and Bellis, Mark A (2017) Socio-economic inequalities in alcohol consumption and harm: evidence for effective interventions and policy across EU countries. Brussels: European Commission. Health Equity Pilot Project (HEPP) 2015-C4-032-SI2.724119.

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This report aims to increase understanding of socio-economic differences in alcohol consumption and harms in the European Union and what can work to reduce these inequalities. It aims to:
• Briefly describe the nature of socio-economic inequalities in alcohol consumption and harm in EU countries
• Summarise recent evidence from EU countries on interventions and policies that can reduce inequalities in harmful alcohol use and associated harms
• Identify any gaps in evidence that could be addressed in the future

Recommendations
The best evidence is for policies which affect affordability (e.g. minimum pricing policies), which have the potential to narrow the socio-economic gap in alcohol-related harm and have been deemed highly cost effective.

See also, Profile for Ireland.

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