Tagged: Social Costs

NEWS: Addiction Crisis, USA: Raise Alcohol Taxes

Alcohol abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. And it is largely ignored. Higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor could help tackle the problem, writes the editorial board of Bloomberg View…

NEWS: New Zealand: Doctors Urge Alcohol Ban From Supermarkets

Selling wine and beer next to food ‘normalizes’ a dangerous drug that should be sold at specific outlets
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has called for a ban on selling alcohol in supermarkets, saying that having it next to groceries and food normalized alcohol and and made buying it cheap and easy…

NEWS: Ireland: 3 Alcohol Deaths Per Day

Ireland has a problem with alcohol but the alcohol industry stands in the way for comprehensive solutions: every day three deaths are alcohol related, by the end of an average week 20 more people will have died. But Big Alcohol’s spin portrays the situation in a completely misleading light…

REPORT: Hepatologists Analyze Financial Case For Tackling Liver Disease

Through this paper, the Foundation for Liver Research seeks to make the financial case for public health action in these areas and urges the implementation of targeted measures recommended by the independent Lancet Commission on Liver Disease. This paper summarises the escalating financial costs to the health and care system as well as the wider societal costs related to the three lifestyle-related risk factors…

NEWS: Higher Alcohol Sales Tax Helps Reduce DUI Crashes

A new study examines whether a sales tax increase in Maryland, USA meant to generate money for public schools and other programs also affected a reduction in car crashes. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and shows that alcohol sales taxes help saving lives…

BLOG: It’s In The Numbers: Alcohol An Obstacle To Development

13 Goals and 52 Targets. Alcohol adversely impacts 13 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 52 out of the 169 targets. These numbers tell the story of alcohol’s massive burden on sustainable human development.
We have done the math. We have analyzed the 2030 Agenda, its goals and targets; and we’ve looked at the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. The numbers are clear: alcohol is an obstacle to every singel dimension of development…

NEWS: Cananda: $1 Billion Costs Of DUIC

A new study “Estimating the Harms and Costs of Cannabis-Attributable Collisions in the Canadian Provinces” estimates the social and economic costs associated with driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) in Canadian provinces to be $1 billion in costs associated with DUIC deaths, injuries and property damage only collisions, with particularly high rates of harm among youth and young adults between the ages of 16–34…

NEWS: EU: Local Leaders Demand Alcohol Strategy

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called for the European Union to establish a new alcohol strategy and to improve labelling, increase efforts to protect children, target binge alcohol use, and encourage the use of car locks to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol…

NEWS: European Social Survey: Alcohol Use Health Determinant

European Social Survey reveals findings about the health of Europe
A new European Social Survey (ESS) report, based on data from 21 countries, is analyzing attitudes towards physical and mental health in 21 European countries. The ESS shows: Alcohol use health determinants…

NEWS: NL: Increase In Alcohol Tax Yields €20 Billion

Increase in excise taxes on alcohol can yield €14 to €20 billion in societal benefits
An increase in excise taxes of 50% over a period of 50 years will result in societal benefits of €14 to €20 billion in the Netherlands…