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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Further study on the affordability of alcoholic beverages in the EU

Policies related to alcohol pricing, promotion and discounts provide opportunities to address harms associated with alcohol consumption. However, there are important gaps in information and knowledge about various policy-relevant aspects of alcohol retail and pricing. This information could help governments to plan their alcohol strategies better and develop evidence-based policies.

To address these knowledge gaps, this report presents findings from our research, which focused on the following four areas of inquiry:

· the link between changes in excise duties and changes in alcohol consumer prices

· the trends in the ratio of on-trade to off-trade consumption of alcohol, and their drivers

· the scale of alcohol price promotions and discounts in the on- and off-trade across the EU

· regulations in Member States on price promotions and discounts, their compliance and effectiveness.

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