Modeling economical costs of alcohol consumption in Germany: the GECO-ALC1 project
Background: Alcohol consumption is associated with mostly detrimental consequences, including increased risks for morbidity and mortality, as well as social and financial burdens. Alcohol policy measures should be based on reliable and valid indicators of such harm including economic costs, which have not been produced for Germany in recent years. Moreover, there are different international guidelines for estimating with partly contradicting recommendations. This project aims to achieve national consensus for preparing a German cost study.
Research question: Which methodologies and modelling approaches from international guidelines and recommendations should be used to conduct a German study on the costs of alcohol consumption.
Methods: International standards will be systematically reviewed and synthesized. A consensus model will be set up, based on a two-stage Delphi-survey using the Nominal Group Technique with experts in the fields of economics, addiction, epidemiology, and health from Germany, Europe, and Northern America.
Results/conclusion: We will present a model for assessing the economic costs of alcohol consumption for Germany, based on a systematic literature review and expert recommendations.