RAND Europe was asked to conduct an evidence-based ex ante impact assessment of a proposed Communication on alcohol policy, with a focus on economic impacts. The European Commission intends to create a comprehensive alcohol policy to combat the harmful effects of alcohol use in the European Union, especially with respect to the young. DG Health and Consumer Protection is designing a Communication on alcohol policy that will give shape to this comprehensive policy. The proposed policy aims to reduce the harmful impacts of alcohol use, while preserving its beneficial economic and social value added. As with all major policy and expenditure proposals, this Communication requires an evidence-based ex ante impact assessment.
Table of Contents
The problem of alcohol consumption
The economic importance of the alcohol industry
Assessing the impacts of alcohol policy
Comparing the policy options
Monitoring and evaluation
Assessment of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies
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