SMART: Standarising measurement of alcohol-related troubles

The SMART project aims to develop standardised methodologies to survey the patterns of drinking as well as standardized methodology of cost-benefit analyses of alcohol policies to evaluate the economic impact of existing alcohol policies in the EU as well as assessing public support for alcohol policy measures.

Standardization will be based on systematic reviews and the views of expert panels, taking into account the differences in alcohol use, patterns of drinking and alcohol policy responses in the different cultures and countries of Europe, and appropriate for different age, gender and socioeconomic groups.

Expected results
A dissemination and communication strategy will be developed to promote the use of the standardized methodologies by appropriate scientists, survey personnel, economists and public health specialists, in the expectation that better use of standardized approaches across Europe will lead to more informed and evidence based policy making to reduce alcohol's health and economic burden to Europe.

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