Preliminary assessment of the economic impacts of alcohol pricing policy options in the UK

Hunt, Priscillia and Rabinovich, Lila and Baumberg Geiger, Ben (2011) Preliminary assessment of the economic impacts of alcohol pricing policy options in the UK. Technical report. RAND Europe (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Alcohol has an important economic and socio-cultural place in the UK. It creates jobs, generates fiscal revenues in the form of alcohol taxes, and contributed around £2.7 billion2 in 2007 to the economy through trade (ONS, 2007b). Alcohol is shared in social interactions, and is drunk as an accompaniment to meals. While alcohol has been, and continues to be, consumed in an unproblematic way by many people, a proportion of alcohol consumption is problematic and generates harms for individuals and society. Alcohol misuse is high in the UK policy agenda. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol consumption in the UK increased by approximately 4 percent between 1985 and 2003, whereas it decreased over the same period for most other European Union countries (Rabinovich et al., 2009). At the same time, some alcoholrelated harms have grown over this period; for example, there were 8,758 deaths from alcohol-related causes in the UK in 2006, twice as many as there were 15 years before (National Audit Office, 2008). While there is a large body of literature focusing on the variety and extent of the public health and criminal justice impacts of alcohol use, its economic impact has received relatively less attention. In order to help Government assess the full range of implications from proposed alcohol pricing policies, RAND Europe has undertaken this study to provide evidence in the area of potential economic impacts of the following three pricing policy options: minimum pricing, ban on below-cost sales, and taxation.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical report)
Uncontrolled keywords: Alcohol, Business Strategies, Controlled Substances, Drug Policy and Trends, Economics, Health Behaviors, Substance Use, Substance Use Disorders, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 10:20 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 15:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36362 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Baumberg Geiger, Ben: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0341-3532
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