This review aimed to summarise the research evidence around the likely impact of policies designed to increase the price of alcoholic drinks in order to answer the following research questions:
- What does the research evidence tell us about the likely impact of increasing alcohol price on social outcomes (specifically crime and disorder, public health and workplace productivity effects)?
- To what extent does the research evidence tell us about the distributional impacts (particularly across different income groups and responsible drinkers but also to binge drinkers and young people) of increasing alcohol price
- What does the research evidence suggest is the likely impact of increasing alcohol prices on costs and benefits to business (particularly on the on trade and producers)?
In answering the above research questions this review also sought to identify limitations and gaps in the research evidence reviewed.