Published: December 2013
Author(s): David Fone, Scott Orford, Frank Dunstan, Chris Webster, Shin Lee, Narushige Shiode, Sarah Rodgers, Ronan Lyons

Excess alcohol consumption has serious adverse effects on health and violence-related harm. In the UK around 37% of men and 29% of women drink to excess and 20% and 13% report binge drinking. The potential impact on population health from a reduction in consumption is considerable. One proposed method to reduce consumption is to reduce availability through controls on alcohol outlet density. In this study we investigate the impact of a change in the density of alcohol outlets on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms to health in the community.

Alcohol, Health