Independent Review of the Effects of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion

In December 2008, the Department of Health published an independent review, by the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield (ScHARR) to better understand the link between alcohol related harm and how alcohol is promoted and priced.

The report comes in two volumes: PART A contains three systematic reviews of the research evidence, PART B and policy appraisal on Raising Prices of Cheap Alcohol, Minimum Pricing Policies and Discounting Restrictions.

Findings from these reports have been used by senior decision making bodies, including the Parliamentary Health Select Committee, Chief Medical Officer, WHO Alcohol Strategy group, to inform UK and international policy.

Reports to the UK Government

Booth, A., Meier, P., Shapland. J., Wong. R. and Paisley, S. (2011) ‘Alcohol pricing and criminal harm: a rapid evidence assessment of the published research literature‘.  Sheffield: ScHARR

Booth, A. et al. (2008) ‘Independent review of the effects of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion: Part A: Systematic Reviews’, Project Report for the Department of Health

Brennan, A. et al. (2009) ‘Modelling the Potential Impact of Pricing and Promotion Policies for Alcohol in England: Results from the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model Version 2008 (1-1)’, Independent review of the effect of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion: Part B