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Best practice in estimating the costs of alcohol – Recommendations for future studies

Baumberg Geiger, Ben (2010) Best practice in estimating the costs of alcohol – Recommendations for future studies. Project report. WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark


This report aims to summarize best practice in estimating the attributable and avoidable costs of alcohol, and to make recommendations for making such estimates in future studies. It discusses the conceptual basis for such cost studies, and then goes through the conceptual and methodological challenges for each type of cost in turn. It recommends (i) changes in the terminology used; (ii) the consistent and explicit consideration of ‘external’ costs (i.e. costs to others); (iii) more sophisticated modelling of the effect of policy interventions on costs; (iv) more robust attempts to quantify alcohol’s causal effect on harms and costs; (v) a demonstration project using new methodologies; (vi) the use of scenarios rather than existing sensitivity analyses; (vii) importing data from other studies rather than simply missing out certain types of cost; (viii) taking account of future health and resource costs; and (ix) not using the ‘human capital’ method for valuing the labour costs of premature mortality within the main estimates.

Item Type: Monograph (Project report)
Uncontrolled keywords: ALCOHOL DRINKING – adverse effects, COST OF ILLNESS, HEALTH CARE COSTS, ALCOHOLISM – complications – mortality, COSTS AND COST ANALYSIS – methods, GUIDELINES
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 14:14 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:16 UTC
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