Tagged: Alcohol Taxation

NEWS: New Policy Brief: Alcohol Taxation in the Americas

A new policy brief on alcohol policy by the Pan American Health Organization has found taxation to be the most effective in reducing alcohol consumption. The report highlights Alcohol is a psychoactive substance which caused 379,000 deaths (5.4% of all deaths) in the Americas in 2016…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Fueled Violence Against Women Epidemic

As BBC reports violence against women has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. According to the Daily Maverick alcohol is a key factor fueling this rise in violence. According to BBC about 2700 women and 1000 children were murdered by men last year. Additionally there are about 100 reported rapes daily. Reportedly sexual offences including rape has increased by 4.6% this year…

NEWS: Kenya: CSOs Advocate for Health Promotion Taxes

The Kenyan Minister of finance announced in the budget speech a 15% tax hike on tobacco and alcohol. CSOs commend this move in an open letter to the President of Kenya and cite their concerns about alcohol and tobacco industry interference against the proposed health promotion tax increases…

NEWS: Russia: Alcohol Control Policy Works

A new report by WHO finds that alcohol consumption in Russia has fallen by 43% since 2003. This decrease has led to a historic peak in life expectancy of Russians. The report, “Alcohol policy impact case study: the effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation”, shows that total per capita alcohol consumption has been declining since 2003 and dropped by 43% until 2016 – with a 40% decline in recorded consumption and a 48% decline in unrecorded consumption… 

NEWS: UN Adopts Landmark Health Declaration

World leaders have adopted a high-level United Nations Political Declaration on universal health coverage (UHC). This a landmark declaration with the most comprehensive set of health commitments ever adopted at this level. Among these commitments is also alcohol taxation as critical tool to reduce the health burden and help fund health promotion.
“This declaration represents a landmark for global health and development,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General at WHO…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Harm Costs P200 Billion Yearly

A new study by the Philippine government reports, alcohol harm costs the government P200 Billion annually. The study by House of Representatives ways and means committee and the Department of Finance (DOF) finds that the majority of this cost is spent on treating and caring for Filipinos with alcohol problems. This includes law enforcement costs as well as burial costs when there are alcohol deaths… 

NEWS: Alcohol Prices in the EU

According to eurostat, alcohol prices in the most expensive countries were twice as high as the cheapest countries in the EU in 2018. The results show that in 2018, the price of alcoholic beverages (spirits, wine and beer) was highest in Finland (with a price level index of 182) and lowest in lowest in Bulgaria and Romania (both with a price level index of 74)…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Tax Not Not Covering Society’s Alcohol Costs

According to a new study, alcohol taxes in the USA don’t come close to covering society’s costs due to pervasive alcohol harm. While profits are pocketed by a few Big Alcohol business executives and shareholders, the costs of massive alcohol harm are externalized and socialized for the public to pay for.
The study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found the total harm caused by alcohol use is a whopping $2.05 per unit of alcohol in the United States, and, of this, the government ends up paying about 80 cents per unit of alcohol. However, the federal government and states only bring in about 21 cents per unit of alcohol on average in alcohol taxes…

REPORT: Do Alcohol Taxes Cover Alcohol-Related Costs in USA?

Specific excise taxes account for one fifth of state alcohol taxes in the 32 license states; but even considering all tax types, total alcohol taxes account for only one tenth of alcohol-related costs…

NEWS: Ethiopia Strengthens Efforts to Beat NCDs

Ethiopia aims to prevent 1.5 million deaths in the next 15 years through a campaign to prevent and reduce the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Ethiopia loses an estimated 1.1 billion U.S. dollars annually due to NCDs. Alcohol use is one of the major risk factors for NCDs along with tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, and alcohol prevention and control are among the best buy measures the government implements to tackle the NCDs epidemic…