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1. The consultation can be downloaded here:

2. New hospital admissions data is published by the Northwest Public Health Observatory on behalf of the Department of Health. They will be published on a quarterly basis from autumn this year. The documents can be downloaded here:

3. The KPMG report can be downloaded from the Home Office website:

4. The pricing & promotion and labelling reports can be downloaded here:

5. Estimated annual cost of alcohol misuse: The £17.7bn-£25.1bn figure covers three cost categories: the cost to the NHS, lost productivity, and crime. The sources of the estimates for each of these cost categories are as follows:
  • Healthcare costs: taken from Department of Health (2008), The cost of alcohol harm to the NHS in England.

  • Crime costs: taken from Home Office (2008), Interim Impact Assessment of Responsible Alcohol Sales.

  • Productivity costs: taken from Cabinet Office Strategy Unit (2003), Alcohol misuse: how much does it cost?. These figures have been converted into 2006/7 prices using the GDP deflator available here.
6. The crime and productivity estimates cover England and Wales and the healthcare costs only cover England. The Home Office Impact Assessment is published with the consultation document. The healthcare costs paper can be downloaded here.


Comment: This process of observations is going on for years now, it would be time that the government takes its responsibility and brings the necessary laws before a new government starts at the beginning again and nothing changes. The cooperation with the industry will finish in a dead end. The proposed alternative measures look very poor. They cannot change much.


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