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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Question for Home Office

UIN HL2472, tabled on 12 October 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Institute of Economic Affairs' report Alcohol and the public purse: Do drinkers pay their way? and the Institute of Alcohol Studies' response to this report.

Answered on

22 October 2015

We estimate the total cost of alcohol to society to be approximately £21 billion a year, including alcohol-related crime and health harms and the cost to the economy of lost productivity. The IEA report takes a very narrow view of the cost of alcohol harms, basing this only on the actual costs to government set against the revenue it receives in taxation. This fails to take account the wider costs to society, including the cost of treating alcohol abuse and supporting the victims of alcohol-related violent crime.

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