Preventing Harmful Alcohol Use

One in three adults has engaged in binge drinking at least once in the previous month, and one in five teenagers has experienced drunkenness by age 15. Harmful patterns of alcohol consumption have far-reaching consequences for individuals, society and the economy. Using microsimulation modelling, this book analyses the cost of alcohol consumption in 52 countries (including OECD, European Union and G20 countries), showing how alcohol-related diseases reduce life expectancy, increase health care costs, decrease workers’ productivity and lower GDP. While recognising the importance of the alcohol industry in many countries, the report makes a strong economic case for enhancing policies to tackle harmful alcohol consumption.

Published on May 19, 2021

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Editorial: Preventing harmful alcohol consumption to promote healthier and stronger recovery after COVID‑19
Acronyms and abbreviations
Preventing harmful alcohol use (infographic)
Executive summary
Addressing harmful alcohol use
Trends and patterns in alcohol consumption
Exploring the determinants of regional differences in alcohol consumption patterns in European countries: A special focus on the role of policies and social norms
The health and economic burden of alcohol consumption
The relationship between alcohol consumption and educational outcomes in children
Policies and best practices for reducing the harmful consumption of alcohol
Impact of alcohol policies on health and the economy
Special focus: An overview of the impact of alcohol policies on alcohol producers and vendors
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