National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

The avoidable costs of alcohol abuse in Australia and the potential benefits of effective policies to reduce the social costs of alcohol

6. Effective interventions whose benefits cannot be evaluated

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Section 5 above examines interventions whose potential effectiveness as instruments to reduce the social costs of alcohol abuse is reasonably conclusively demonstrated in the research literature. The interventions reviewed in that section have the additional characteristic that this literature provides the basis on which their benefits, in terms of social costs avoided, are able to be estimated.

The literature also identifies a series of interventions which are likely to be cost-effective, but whose economic benefits are not able to be valued. This section provides a review of several interventions which the literature indicates have clear, yet unquantifiable, benefits. Perhaps the most important objective of the present report is to provide an information input into the design of effective public policies towards alcohol. In this context, it would be unreasonable to ignore proven-effective policies even if currently available data do not allow their benefits to be valued in economic terms.

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