For what seems the first time, this analysis combined results from relevant studies to test whether low tax/price levels on alcohol result in poorer health and higher death rates. It found the expected relationships, but based on only the partial accounting of the harms and benefits of drinking found in most studies.
There is widespread concern reported in the media and other sources about drinking trends among young people, particularly “binge” drinking. Although important to public policy, there have been no rigorous evidence syntheses of the longer term effects of excessive drinking in adolescence on later health and well-being.
The misuse of alcohol is of major national and international public health concern and can bring significant harm and burden to family members, resulting in increased use of health and social care services and a drain on their resources.