Tagged: Health Costs

NEWS: OECD: Alcohol Use, Health Risks Overview

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance” review for 2019. The review shows that alcohol continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and lung cancer. The OECD also found that unhealthy lifestyles – notably smoking, alcohol use and obesity – are the root cause of many chronic health conditions, cutting lives short and worsening quality of life…

NEWS: Sweden: The Massive Costs of Alcohol

The cost of alcohol use in Sweden amounts to SEK 103 billion, annually, according to new study contracted by Systembolaget, the government run alcohol retail monopoly in Sweden. This system has ensured alcohol consumption remains controlled and relatively low in the country. Despite this alcohol has a significant social cost in Sweden. Systembolaget commissioned Ramboll to calculate the socio-economic consequences of alcohol…

NEWS: England Failing to Tackle Alcohol Epidemic

New research has found massive cuts to alcohol rehab services have led to major shortcomings in tackling the alcohol epidemic of England. A research conducted by King’s College scientists found more than £100m has been cut since services in England were reorganised in 2012. On average, alcohol and other drugs services in England had lost approximately 30% of their budgets since 2013-14, when they were handed over to local authority control.
This austerity policy is failing the people of England who are struggling under the heavy burden of the alcohol epidemic…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Harm Will Rise Unless Policy Action Is Taken

Public health organizations in the United Kingdom warn that the country will continue on an “alarming trajectory” of alcohol-related ill health and deaths unless the government prioritizes policy action to tackle the issue.
A letter from the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal Colleges argues that the government lacks strategic focus in dealing with alcohol harm. The lack of strategic alcohol policy focus fuels alcohol deaths…

NEWS: Baltics: Alcohol Tax Race to the Bottom Unfolding

The Baltic region has begun a race to cut alcohol taxes. Sparked by the recent move by Estonia to slash alcohol taxes, neighboring Latvia and Finland are also considering tax reductions.
Cross-border trade is a serious concern in the close-knit Baltic region. Recently Estonia announced plans to cut its alcohol taxes, a move likely to have negative consequences for levels of alcohol harm in the country – but it appears to have sparked a race to the bottom across the region…

NEWS: Ghana: Government Plans Alcohol Tax Hike

The Ghanaian government is planning a tax hike for health-harmful consumer products, including alcohol, tobacco and sugary beverages.
Hon. Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, Deputy Health Minister of Ghana, explained that the planned tax hike is intended to discourage the sale and promotion of products which are causing the increase in non communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancers, strokes and heart diseases – and their risk factors, such as alcohol and tobacco…

REPORT: Use of Economic Evidence in Support of Policy for Funding NCD Interventions

Spending on NCD action must be done through domestic funding as well as through catalytic investments and innovative financing options such as the proposed NCD and Mental Health Catalytic Trust Fund are crucial in meeting the current needs. Health authorities can use economics to communicate challenges and solutions in a manner that resonates with other sectors…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Harm Costs More Than Entire Health Spending

A recent study reports, the burden of alcohol in India cost the economy more than what the government spends on health.The study has found that after adjusting for tax receipts from alcohol sale, the economic loss from adverse effects of alcohol consumption would touch about 1.45% of the gross domestic product (GDP). For comparison, the government’s annual expenditure on health is about 1.1% of the GDP.

BLOG: How To Expose “Scientists” Casting Doubt About Science – The Case Of Alcohol And Cancer

With his New York Times blog “A Link Between Alcohol and Cancer? It’s Not Nearly as Scary as It Seems” Aaron E. Carroll is guilty of public health nihilism. In his response, Viktor comments on and corrects some points Mr Carroll made and highlights some of Carroll’s logical fallacies in the attempt to cast doubt on the science about alcohol and cancer…