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A rapid evidence review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol control policies: an English perspective

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  • Robyn Burton
  • Clive Henn
  • Don Lavoie
  • Rosanna O'Connor
  • Clare Perkins
  • Kate Sweeney
  • Felix Greaves
  • Brian Ferguson
  • Caryl Beynon
  • Annalisa Belloni
  • Virginia Musto
  • John Marsden
  • Nick Sheron


Publication details

JournalThe Lancet
DatePublished - 15 Apr 2017
Issue number10078
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)1558-1580
Original languageEnglish


This paper reviews the evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies to reduce alcohol-related harm. Policies focus on price, marketing, availability, information and education, the drinking environment, drink-driving, and brief interventions and treatment. Although there is variability in research design and measured outcomes, evidence supports the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies that address affordability and marketing. An adequate reduction in temporal availability, particularly late night on-sale availability, is effective and cost-effective. Individually-directed interventions delivered to at-risk drinkers and enforced legislative measures are also effective. Providing information and education increases awareness, but is not sufficient to produce long-lasting changes in behaviour. At best, interventions enacted in and around the drinking environment lead to small reductions in acute alcohol-related harm. Overall, there is a rich evidence base to support the decisions of policy makers in implementing the most effective and cost-effective policies to reduce alcohol-related harm.

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    Research areas

  • Alcoholism/therapy, Cost-Benefit Analysis, England, Humans, Treatment Outcome

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