Alcohol consumption has fallen slightly in OECD countries over the past twenty years but young people and women are drinking more. Alcohol is becoming more easily available, more affordable and advertised more effectively. Worldwide, alcohol is a leading cause of ill health and premature mortality, accounting for 1 in 17 deaths, and for an even larger proportion of disabilities, especially in men. In OECD countries, alcohol consumption is about twice the world average and its social costs are estimated in excess of 1% of GDP in high- and middle-income countries.

This book examines trends and social disparities in alcohol consumption, assessing the health, social and economic impacts of key policy options for tackling alcohol-related harms in Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany and extracting relevant policy messages for other countries.

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