1st Edition

Economics and Alcohol Consumption and Controls

Edited By Marcus Grant, Martin Plant, Alan Williams Copyright 1983

    During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, general levels of alcohol consumption had risen considerably in all parts of the world. In association with this, there was a proliferation of alcohol-related problems such as liver disease, drunkenness offences, marital disharmony and employment difficulties. Many factors influence the probability of alcohol addiction and the habits of drinking; they include age, sex, race, occupation and income.

    Economic aspects of the use and misuse of alcohol had been attracting increasing attention during the early 1980s. Politicians and scholars alike had drawn attention to the benefits of a vigorous alcohol industry on the one hand, and on the other, the costs of providing medical, social and educational services for those suffering from alcohol-related problems. Originally published in 1983, the real nature of the relationship between economics and alcohol is explored in detail for the first time in this book. It argues for increased participation by economists in the processes of social policy decision-making and considers the key issues of cost-benefit analyses, control policies, taxation and programme efficiency. No easy solutions are provided, but a host of unjustified assumptions about this subject are clarified. This book paved the way for substantial future collaboration between economists and those involved in alcohol studies.

    Acknowledgements.  Introduction Marcus Grant, Martin A. Plant and Alan Williams  1. What Can Economists Contribute? Robert E. Leu  2. Alcohol Studies from an Economic Perspective Robert Weeden  3. Programmes, Interests and Alcohol Dean R. Gerstein  4. Societal Costs of Alcohol Abuse in the United States: An Updating Leonard G. Schifrin  5. Calculating the Costs of Alcohol: The Scandinavian Experience Esa Österberg  6. The Costs and Benefits of Alcohol in Ontario: A Critical Review of the Evidence Eric W. Single  7. Alcoholism: An Econometric Model of its Causes, its Effects and its Control Stuart O. Schweitzer, Michael D. Intriligator and Hossein Salehi  8. Modelling Alcohol Consumption and Abuse: The Powers and Pitfalls of Economic Techniques Alan Maynard  9. The Relationship Between Taxation, Price and Alcohol Consumption in the Countries of Europe Phil Davies  10. An Evaluation of the Control of Consumption Policy David J. Pittman  11. The Economics of Alcohol Taxation Brendan M. Walsh  12. Alcohol Taxes as a Public Health Measure Philip J. Cook  13. Government Policies Concerning Alcohol Taxation: Beyond the Excise Tax Debate James F. Mosher  14. Advertising Exposure, Alcohol Consumption and Misuse of Alcohol Donald E. Strickland  15. Advertising, Alcohol Consumption and Policy Alternatives M. J. van Iwaarden  16. The Demand for Beer, Spirits and Wine in the UK, 1956-79 Tony McGuinness  17. Alcohol Advertising Reassessed: The Public Health Perspective Larry Wallack  18. The Structure and Role of the British Alcoholic Drinks Industry C. W. Thurman  19. Paternalism, Rationality and the Special Status of Alcohol Robin Room  20. Alcohol and Health Economics: The Policy Perspective David Taylor.  References.  Notes on Contributors.  Name Index.  Subject Index.


    Marcus Grant, Martin Plant and Alan Williams