Alcohol price and availability: the evidence base

First published: 30 March 2019 | Last updated: 20 May 2019


Ms Petra Meier

Professor of Public Health

Petra is a Professor in Public Health at ScHARR, University of Sheffield, and has worked in the addictions field for the past 13 years. She studied psychology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, before completing an MSc in Child Health (University of Hertfordshire) and a PhD in Epidemiology & Health Sciences (University of Manchester). Much of her current work focuses on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different alcohol policy interventions. She has grants and publications in the fields of alcohol policy, drug treatment, dual diagnosis and health inequalities.

Alcohol price and availability: the evidence base

This presentation will review the current evidence base for alcohol pricing and availability policy options, focusing on minimum unit pricing. It will give a brief update on the alcohol policy modelling currently underway at the University of Sheffield, which includes work demonstrating the importance of considering the effect of different drinking patterns in policy effectiveness estimations, work to adjust sales and survey data for known biases and our efforts to incorporate underlying age, period and cohort alcohol consumption trends into the model.


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